The overwhelming success of the mini-budgeted, R-rated, February-launched superhero film, Deadpool took the world completely by surprise. This included the film’s production studio, 20th Century Fox, who had allowed the project to languish in development for over a decade before finally ceding to public opinion after conceptual footage was leaked online. Fox only allotted the film a $58M budget (less than half of the original Iron Man‘s $140M), but Deadpool won over the public with a stellar marketing campaign, and consequently went on to set a worldwide box office record for R-rated film earnings.
The in-development sequel to Deadpool has made headlines recently with the departure of director Tim Miller from the project, reportedly due to creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds. A more recent update suggested that the these culminated with a disagreement over who should play the heroes new co-star, Cable.
Today The Wrap disclosed further details from an anonymous insider’s description of the situation.
“There were two totally different movies on the table, and one of them just wasn’t Deadpool.”
According to The Wrap’s source, Ryan Reynolds and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick wanted to craft a “scrappy”, raucous, and inexpensive film, similar to the original. Miller, whose background is in special effects, wanted to create a more visually extravagant film that would explore the Deadpool mythos. Miller’s vision would have reportedly cost three times as much as the original film. The studio apparently passed on his vision and he has since moved on to a separate Fox production, Influx, an adaptation of the cyber-crime thriller novel by Daniel Suarez.
A new wrinkle has appeared in the story, casting The Wrap’s allegations in doubt. Moments after their post, Steven Weintraub of Collider followed up on Twitter, dismissing their report as incorrect.
I'm not going to say much about the Deadpool 2 drama but Miller did not want a sequel that would cost 3 times as much. That's bullshit.— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) October 25, 2016
At this point, with details in contest between insiders, and no names to point to, it’s entirely possible that we’ll never get the full story behind Miller’s departure. The Wrap’s take certainly sounds plausible, though it also may have been that the situation wasn’t so cut and dry.
Tim Miller got a fantastic career break with the first film, but if building stylish worlds is where he shines the brightest, it would make sense that he would want his next project to play to his strengths. Many fans of Deadpool could argue, however, that the anti-hero doesn’t need spectacle to work. In fact, it might even detract from his unique charm.
Where do you stand? Would you have rather seen a Deadpool 2 that blows the doors off the spectacle gauge, or are his adventures fine at their current budget? Let us know in the comments section, and stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on the Deadpool sequel as they hit.