Tim Miller will no longer be directing the sequel to Deadpool, though reportedly he hadn’t yet formally signed on to continue.
The decision was made due to creative differences between Miller and star Ryan Reynolds, though it was apparently an amicable parting of ways. As mentioned, he hadn’t yet formally signed on to continue work on Deadpool 2, though he had been working on a script and looked set to return behind the camera. Miller will continue to work with Fox on an adaptation of David Suarez’s novel Influx.
The news is surprising, given that usually when there is a conflict of interests over a film it’s usually the star that leaves. However, given how much influence Reynolds had over the film’s marketing and quirky tone, the way he fit the role perfectly much like Robert Downey Jr. fit Tony Stark, and his role as an active producer of the film, the crew has made the best of an unfortunate situation.
Deadpool was a surprise hit at the box office, using its black comedy and hard tone to set itself apart from any superhero blockbuster we’ve seen before. With a budget of $58 million (which sounds like a lot until you compare it to, say, Captain America: Civil War’s budget of $250 million), it ended up turning over $782 million worldwide, breaking numerous box office records such as the highest grossing R-rated film and the highest grossing X-Men film of all time.
Despite losing its director, however, don’t despair: Deadpool 2 will still be going ahead, with Fox looking at a 2018 release date.