Today, news hit the web that Deadpool director Tim Miller, and Deadpool actor, Ryan Reynolds, were experiencing a creative conflict, that caused the former to exit the upcoming super hero sequel. In a new article from our very own Umberto Gonzalez at The Wrap, he goes into more detail on some of the behind-the-scenes troubles that lead to this unfortunate split. It sounds like most of the trouble surrounding this controversy came from both men’s differing ideals for the direction of the impending sequel.
In the article, Mr. Gonzalez goes on to state that,
“The departure was “amicable,” a studio source said, though we’ve heard elsewhere that Reynolds and Miller have had a contentious relationship for quite a while now. The two haven’t had much of a relationship since the first “Deadpool” was released, not even speaking for long periods of time.”
So it sounds as if the split maybe wasn’t quite so clean after all. This is truly sad news for the millions of people that were floored with both the quality of humor, and the overall quality of the original film itself. Which is undeniably due to these two men working together.
The article goes on to say that the renegotiation process for Reynolds’ contract took much longer that Mr. Miller was expecting, and that Reynolds was also given creative and casting control that he had not previously had. There was also tension building around the fact that Miller wanted a more stylized and cinematic sequel, while Reynolds wanted to stick with the same foul comedy approach that the first one was praised on. Whether this decision was the right one to run with will remain to be seen with the eventual sequel.
There was also a matter of a specific casting issue, that brought the divide to its boiling point.
“The casting issue also eventually came to a head over the possible booking of Kyle Chandler in the sequel. Mashable movie reporter Jeff Sneider first reported Chandler’s potential involvement with the “Deadpool” sequel during a “Meet the Movie Press” podcast, saying that the actor’s name has been “floating around for Cable for months.” Allegedly, Miller wanted the “Bloodline” star to play Cable, though Reynolds did not. Ultimately, the studio backed its marketable star, and the man behind the camera packed up his lenses.”
So it sounds as if these creative differences were a little more complicated than we previously assumed. I for one actually think Miller would have been an intriguing choice for the character of Cable, as he is a very talented individual, but Reynolds sheer charisma as this character is what brought audiences (and their money) in by the truck loads, so it makes sense that he’s the one steering the sequels ship.
Hopefully the studio will find a new director soon, and with any luck, one that is used to the kind of brutal action, comedy spectacle that worked so well with the first Deadpool.
Source: The Wrap