There will be some changes when Deadpool 2 gets underway, namely that Deadpool director Tim Miller has parted way with the sequel based upon creative differences between him and series star Ryan Reynolds, according to Deadline.
Miller and Reynolds are said to have been butting heads over a series of creative differences that led to the director finally leaving the project on October 21. The split is said to be amicable and Miller is still on good terms with Fox as he already has jumped onto another Fox project called Influx, a science fiction adaptation of a David Suarez novel.
While Miller, Reynolds, and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick had been bouncing around new ideas for the sequel soon after the first was finished, Miller had not been formally signed onto a deal to direct the sequel even though by all accounts he had planned on returning to his behind the camera work for the 2018 film.
While Reynolds was key to nailing the portrayal of Deadpool to make the film a hit, it was very much a passion project by the four men who wanted to see the character get a chance after the way he was mishandled in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The film was the surprise hit of 2016 that pulled in over $782 million worldwide for a film with a budget of just $58 million. Messing with that formula in any way, is sure to worry many fans.
With the issues that have arisen for the forever in production limbo Gambit film that has lost numerous directors, it is likely that Fox will be scrambling to quick find the right fit to keep the film on track so they don’t lose any momentum on what could be a second massively profitable film.