Back in October, we reported the surprising news that director Tim Miller, who made his feature debut with the R-rated blockbsuter Deadpool, was stepping away from the sequel Deadpool 2. The news was just as surprising as the massive box office success of the original film, which became the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time with $782.6 million. While appearing on a recent podcast, Tim Miller cleared the air about why he left the sequel, while debunking some of the rumors about his departure.
The filmmaker appeared on the 100th episode of the CG Garage podcast, where he spoke out about leaving the show. One of the rumors that surfaced after the director’s departure was that he wanted to make the sequel much like the original, while there was another stylized version of the movie that was on the table, which would require a much bigger budget. The director revealed that he didn’t want to make this stylized version as rumored, and he didn’t want a budget that was three times the original movie, which was also rumored. Here’s what he had to say on the podcast below.
“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 3 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.”
One of the other rumors that surfaced after his departure was that the director wanted to cast Kyle Chandler as Cable, which actor/producer Ryan Reynolds reportedly disagreed with. The actor reportedly wanted someone older to play Cable, which would have been more in line with the original comic books. Tim Miller revealed that this rumor is also not true.
“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.”
The director added that there were disagreements during the post-production process of Deadpool, but they were just your average arguments. 20th Century Fox has already replaced Tim Miller with John Wick co-director David Leitch taking the helm, although they have to find a new composer, with Junkie XL parting ways with the sequel. After all was said and done, Tim Miller revealed that he didn’t hold any grudges against Ryan Reynolds and the producers, and he hopes the sequel turns out great.
“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.”
Yesterday, Ryan Reynolds praised director David Leitch, and Tim Miller, while clarifying that Deadpool 2 will actually be smaller than the first Deadpool. The original movie was shot on a $58 million budget, and with the $782.6 million worldwide haul, it became one of the most profitable movies this year. Deadpool 2 is set to start filming in early 2017, with 20th Century Fox planning a 2018 release for the sequel.