Throughout multiple X-Men timelines and countless Wolverine appearances, little did Fox know that their biggest hit was sitting on the shelf. After many years of being stuck in the pre-production process, Ryan Reynolds was finally able to get Deadpool off the ground. While he was instrumental in the getting the movie made, so was director Tim Miller. He had been attached to the movie for years and after the success of the film, his directorial debut set him up to have the chance to return for the sequel. Unfortunately, Miller left Deadpool 2 earlier this year, which has led to many reports as to what exactly happened behind the scenes.
Some reports claimed Miller and Reynolds were not seeing eye to eye on several aspects of the sequel, such as its style, casting decisions, and more, but Miller continued to stay quiet through it all. Reynolds recently made his thoughts known about Miller’s departure, and now the former director has broken his silence on the situation.
As part of the 100th episode of CG Garage (via Collider), Miller stopped by and revealed some of his thoughts on having to leave the sequel. One report from his falling out with Fox and Reynolds claimed that Miller wanted a heavily increased budget and a different style for the sequel, but Miller is claiming this all to be false in his first statements since leaving.
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.
So if Miller and Reynolds weren’t feuding over the style of the sequel, could the casting of Cable be the thing that stood in their way? Cable was promised to appear in the post-credit scene and reports pointed towards Miller favoring Kyle Chandler for the role. This move was not liked by Reynolds, and apparently, not be Miller either.
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.
Miller went on to recount disagreements that were had during the post-production process, but said they were nothing but typical arguments. While his days involved with Deadpool seem to be behind him, he is not holding any grudges as far as he is leading on. Instead, he wishes everyone involved nothing but the best.
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.
Miller has since been replaced by John Wick co-director David Leitch as the film gears up for production sometime next year. As for Miller? He is now set to produce a Sonic the Hedgehog movie for Fox, showing that he did not burn any bridges on his way out. While his days involved with the X-Men universe are no more, many are hoping that he will continue to get chances to direct high-budget action films. Kevin Smith has already suggested him to take over The Flash, as fans continue to wonder about his chances for other films as well.
While Miller doesn’t get into the nitty-gritty details as to why the partnership could not continue, it is not surprising to see him reflect positively on the experience overall. Sure, he may not be involved anymore, but Deadpool gave him a chance to show what he can do on the big screen. What exactly transpired behind the scenes may never be known, but it seems as though Miller, Reynolds, and everyone else have moved past the situation with the hope that Deadpool will continue to bring humor and violence to the theaters for many more years.