Much to the despair of fans Deadpool fans everywhere, it was announced on Saturday that the film’s director, Tim Miller, would not be returning to helm the sequel – citing creative differences with leading man Ryan Reynolds, and the writing team of Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Initially, conflicting ideas of who should play Cable – a staple character of both the X-men and Deadpool comics – were reported as the chief source of contention, but it now appears that Miller’s departure had more to do with the type of movie that Deadpool 2 would be than anything else.
According to TheWrap, both groups had very different ideas about what the follow-up should be. While the creative team of Reynolds, Reese and Wernick wanted to stick to the low budget and ‘scrappy’ style of the first movie, Miller reportedly wanted to make a movie that could compete with the likes of Marvel and DC/Warner Bros. and was seeking to work with a much bigger budget than previously – at least treble that of the original. In the end, Fox sided with their leading man – however, the departure was, reportedly, amicable, and Miller is already set to work on another Fox project.
While it’s a shame that Deadpool 2 couldn’t keep the same team as the first movie, going for a low budget follow-up instinctively feels like a step in the right direction. A large part of what made Deadpool such a great movie was that it was limited by financial constraints – it necessitated an economical and creative approach and resulted in one of the most critically and financially successful movies of the year. On a budget of $58 million – the movie took an impressive $363 million domestically and a further $420 million at the foreign box office. For reference, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice cost around 4 times as much to make and only took $100 million more worldwide and actually made around $100 million less in profit. Upping the budget for a follow up is by no means a guarantee for success – and it’s far more likely that the movie will lose the very thing that made it so enjoyable in the first place.
So the hunt is on for a new director – but fans may have their own idea about who should work on the sequel. A Change.org petition for Quentin Tarantino to direct Deadpool 2 has, at time of writing, reached 10,974 signatures. It’ll never happen in a million years… but imagine if it did…