A day is a long time in Hollywood. After discussing the bounce in the step of Ryan Reynolds following on from the universal success of Deadpool, it appears all is not well behind the scenes. According to Variety, director Tim Miller has abandoned the sequel and the star. The sequel is left without a director, while Miller is already onto another project.
A source close to the publication confirmed Saturday morning that Miller walked away citing a series of creative differences with the star of the Marvel franchise. Many believed it was a foregone conclusion that he would return, largely in part because he was in the process of developing the script.
Other Players Expected Back
This revelation could change the dynamics completely given the importance of the directorial position. But as things stand, a number of key players that made the first installment a hit are signed on to take part in Deadpool 2.
Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are said to be handling script duties. Which makes sense, considering how they helped Reynolds go from box office flop to cult hero in the space of one feature. The 40-year old in red and black was languishing after R.I.P.D. and Green Lantern. Only to quickly recover thanks to the Reese and Wernick team, who were influential in his expedited transition.
Where To Next for Miller?
Having made his debut in the industry with the 1995 flick Hideaway, Tim Miller is now an established presence who knows the tricks of the trade. Whilst it might be curtains between him and Reynolds, his background with Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Thor: the Dark World should ensure that he is back on the market before long.
But it is his work on Deadpool that should have studios tripping over themselves to bring the director into the fold. Seeing the foul-mouthed superhero make a staggering $786m worldwide on top of breaking through a taboo with an R-rated feature. All while making it the highest-grossing flick with that label of all time. If that achievement doesn't win enough plaudits to gain another job, then nothing really will.
And so it has, as Tim Miller is already working on another huge film project for Fox. Titled Influx, the adaptation is expected to launch a trilogy.