Over the weekend news broke that Deadpool director Tim Miller wasn’t returning to helm the sequel because of creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds, but a new story from The Wrap seems to indicate that the differences went deeper than initially reported.
Initial reports seemed to indicate that Miller’s wanting to cast Kyle Chandler as Cable, something Reynolds was said to be opposed to, was a key part of their dispute. It seems that the casting was only the final straw in a bigger dispute.
According to The Wrap’s sources, Reynolds and the screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick wanted to do a “scrappy, raunchy and inexpensive movie” that was in the same spirit as the first film that had a small budget of $58 million but pulled in over $780 million at the worldwide box office. Miller, on the other hand, wanted to do a more stylized vision for the film that was called for three times the budget to compete with the multi-million dollar superhero movies that dominate the box office from the likes of Marvel and DC.
Not surprisingly the studio sided with the vision of Reynolds, Reese, and Wernick over that of Miller. Which makes sense, because the studio clearly would want to go with a formula that cost them little but netted them a big profit then spend much more and bring in potentially less overall profit.
Fox’s choice to stick to the lesser budget style film also makes sense because most fans loved the film for it’s poking at those big-budget films and the lower spectacle that gave room for Reynolds and the rest of the cast room for their comedic moments. The joke of Wade forgetting the bag of guns in the taxi, which was to be a giant gunfight scene that was cut for budget reasons, was perfectly Deadpool.
So far there is no word on the search for a new director, but as there is no firm release date for Deadpool 2, there is still time for that.