According to The Wrap, the pair parted ways because Miller wanted the second film to be more stylized, while Reynolds (a producer on both films) wanted to keep the raunchy, fourth-wall-breaking comedy approach that made the first film such a success. Their conflict reportedly came to a head with the rumored casting of Kyle Chandler as Cable. Chandler was Miller’s choice, but Reynolds didn’t want him for the part, and the studio ended up siding with the star- partially because his renegotiated contract includes casting approval.
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 $780-million worldwide and recharged Reynolds’ career. 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 20th Century Fox project, Influx, based on the David Suarez novel.
Is this potentially a cause for concern regarding Deadpool 2? Given the enormous success of the first film, does the partnership of Miller and Reynolds need to be there in order for this movie to work? Who do you think would make for a good director?
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