Deadpool director Tim Miller opened up for the first time publicly about his departure from the sequel, and he has a clarifier for all the Marvelites out there: “Don’t believe what you read on the Internet.”
Miller was initially planning to helm Deadpool 2 with returning star Ryan Reynolds and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. When he left the sequel, some reports described it as an “amicable departure” over “mutual creative differences.” Others suggested Miller wanted a more “stylish take” with a budget that rivaled other superhero blockbusters.
“I just want to say one thing to the 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 stylized movie that was three times the budget,” Miller said on CG Garage.
“If you read the Internet, who cares, really?” he added. “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 movie to make for the character. So don’t believe what you read on the Internet. I wanted to do the same thing.”
“There is not a human being on earth that worked harder on Deadpool than Tim,” Reynolds told EW of Miller’s departure. “He’s an incredibly, incredibly talented director.” David Leitch, who co-directed John Wick with Chad Stahelski, will now helm Deadpool 2.
“He’s just a guy who’s so muscular with his action,” Reynolds noted of Leitch. “He also really understands those Deadpool sensibilities and where we need to take the franchise from here. And I love John Wick. One of the things that David Leitch does that very few filmmakers can do these days is they can make a movie on an ultra tight minimal budget look like it was shot for 10-15 times what it cost.”
Deadpool 2 is currently slated for a March 2, 2018 release.