Something smells off in the world of Deadpool 2, and it ain’t the chimichangas.
Tim Miller and Ryan Reynolds on the set of Deadpool. Image: Fox
Earlier this week, star Ryan Reynolds and producer Simon Kinberg addressed what fans could expect from the highly anticipated sequel. They said, though most sequels deliver bigger everything, that wasn’t what they wanted for Deadpool. They wanted to make another smaller movie, more in line with the first film. Which is odd, because that’s also the kind of sequel the first film’s director, Tim Miller, wanted to make.
To recap, Miller directed the first Deadpool to massive international success. While prepping the sequel, there were some issues that lead to him leaving and David Leitch (John Wick) being hired to direct. Then quotes came out that the producers and star hired Leitch because he really knew how to stretch a budget.
That brings you up to speed for the latest. In his first interview since everything went down, Miller specifically told Chaos Group he wanted to make a smaller movie, not a bigger sequel.
I haven’t talked since Deadpool 2, I stepped off the movie. I just want to say one thing to our 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 stylised movie that was three times the budget, and if you read the internet – and 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 kind of movie to make for the character. So, don’t believe what you read on the Internet.
Except, what we read on the internet is that the film’s producer and star said they wanted to make that exact same movie.
So was the riff over the casting of the mutant Cable, which was another popular rumour? More Miller:
Kyle Chandler was not going to be Cable. All these things that you read kinda kills me, even when people go, “The movie was really hard to make.” The movie was a joy to make. I think you see it on screen, we all had such a good time. We had a few arguments in post, but nothing more than usual. The crew was so great, everybody was going to come back, and we were going to have such a good time. The idea that it was a difficult movie, it wasn’t — it was a joy, and it was the best experience of my life.
So who do you believe? In matters like this, the truth usually lies in the middle. But Miller holds no grudges over the events.
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’s comments are at 45 minutes into the bottom link.
Deadpool 2 is currently in pre-production for a rumoured 2018 release.