Deadline is reporting that Deadpool director Tim Miller is leaving the sequel over a series of creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds. Variety confirmed the news with its own source. Miller hadn't signed a formal deal for the next film in Fox's franchise, based on the Marvel comic, but he was reportedly working on the script and getting things moving for the planned 2018 release.
While Deadpool was definitely Reynolds' project, Miller was also key in making the film such a massive success, leaking CGI test footage in 2014 that lit a fire under many fans. The film has gone on to gross over $US780 million worldwide and recharged Reynolds' career, who serves as producer for both films. Deadpool is currently the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time and is said to be part of the inspiration for making Wolverine's third solo film, Logan, into an R-rated film.
According to the report, Miller's exit on Friday was amicable and the director is jumping into another Fox project, Influx, based on the David Suarez novel. We'll keep you posted as we hear more.