It was critically well regarded and commercially a massive success, so when a “Deadpool” sequel was announced it seemed like one of those rare projects that would go into production as smooth as silk.
That didn’t happen. With the exit of director Tim Miller over creative differences with the studio and actor Ryan Reynolds, there was a bit of bad press until David Leitch came onboard to replace him.
Miller’s departure was officially due to creative differences, and rumored to be mostly about a desire for a much bigger budgeted and more stylised film along with the casting of Kyle Chandler as Cable – a casting no-one else apparently wanted. Now, talking with Collider this week, he has cleared things up about his departure and shot down those rumored differences:
“I just want to say one thing to the geek audience out there, because it’s important to me what the geeks and nerds of the world think because they are my brothers and sisters. I didn’t want to make some stylized movie that was three times the budget.
If you read the internet — who cares, really? But for those of you who do, I wanted to make the same kind of movie that we made before because I think that’s the right movie to make for the character. So don’t believe what you read on the internet. I wanted to do the same thing [as the first movie]. Kyle Chandler was not going to be Cable. All this stuff that I read kind of kills me.”
Despite his replacement, Miller has nothing but good things to say about the experience:
“Even when some people go, ‘The movie was really hard to make.’ The movie was a joy to make. I think you see it on screen. We all had such a good time. We had a few arguments in post, but nothing more than usual.
The crew was so great, everybody was going to come back and we were going to have such a good time and the idea that it was a difficult movie…It wasn’t, it was a joy, and it was the best experience of my life. I wish them nothing but good – I hope it’s great. I hope it’s a great movie. Because I love the character and I think it’s great, and I love all the actors and I want to see them successful again.
I haven’t met David, but he’s a great guy from everything I’ve heard. I want nothing but the best for the character. And for Fox, too. They deserve to make more money. They need to make more money [laughs]. They were great. They were terrific.”
“Deadpool 2” is expected to head into production early next year for a 2018 release.