‘Deadpool’ Director Tim Miller Exits Sequel Over Creative Differences

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Tim Miller will not be returning to direct “Deadpool 2,” dropping out of the sequel due to a series of creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds, a source confirmed Saturday morning.

While Miller had not formally signed on to helm the sequel, he was in the process of developing the script and was widely expected to return. The source said the split with the project was amicable.

After “Deadpool’s” massive box office success, a sequel was nearly inevitable, and was announced at CinemaCon back in April. There, Fox co-chairman Stacy Snider confirmed that Reynolds would be back, as well as Miller.

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Miller gave Fox its biggest hit of the year with “Deadpool,” which grossed a whopping $786 million worldwide after opening on Valentine’s Day earlier this year. It’s the seventh-highest-grossing movie of 2016, and the highest-grossing R-rated film ever on worldwide basis.

Most of the creative team was set to return for “Deadpool 2,” with Snider also confirming at CinemaCon that screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick would be back to handle script duties. “Deadpool” reinvigorated Reynolds’ career after the actor suffered from flops like “RIPD” and “Green Lantern,” and threw Miller, also an animator and visual effects specialist, into the spotlight.

“Deadpool” was a hit with critics and fans alike. Along with its commercial success, critics handed it a 84% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and it earned an A CinemaScore from fans.

The news of Miller’s exit was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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  1. Phillip Ayling says:

    Or Josh Trank? He already has experience directing Marvel characters in a Fox is production.

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  2. TimTamJam says:

    Hey, Uwe Boll isn’t busy these says. :-)

  3. BillUSA says:

    I can see why “Deadpool” was popular with fans, but not the critics. Not my cup of tea. I mean, the raunchy humor I could live with, but that’s all the movie was about – the raunchy humor. If there was a story in there I’d be damned if I could find it. Perhaps with Miller’s departure a more sanity-based story can be told with raunchy humor strategically placed for, you know, entertainment’s sake.

  4. Jake says:

    This is shocking after the commercial and critical success of Deadpool. It does not bode well for the sequel. NOT AT ALL.

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  9. Mark says:

    ryan reynolds’ eyes are too close together. Creepy.

  10. Terry Boake says:

    I think Ryan Reynolds should stick to acting while the director tells the story. Jackass.

  11. JOE S HILL says:

    An “Overpayed Tool”,,not returning to finish his work? not a very good idea,Twentieth Century Fox!
    whatever has to be done here,Fox and Marvel would be very wise in getting Tim Miller back on board,so he can give us another great “DEADPOOL” film,without leaving it in the hands another director,who can certainly ruin it,and badly! i certainly want to to see “God’s Perfect Idiot” back in action again-but without his over payed tool,i don’t give that idea very good chances,,so let’s stop screwing around,Fox and Marvel,,give the over payed tool whatever he needs,or you’ll ruin this sequel!!

    • Marie says:

      FOX
      NOT MARVEL

    • Bill says:

      Overpaid*

    • nobody important says:

      Ryan Reynolds had the dispute with him. The studio took Reynolds’ side.

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    • Mkay says:

      This is just Fox, Marvel isn’t in charge of it because they don’t have the film rights.

  12. vincent says:

    I think this will be a huge test to see how much weight a director has vs just a good script. No disrespect to whoever becomes the director though

  13. Leon says:

    Look its the studio ruining another film. They probably wanted it pg 13 and to have PC strong WHITE females and a crappy dumbed down story. This sucks. I hate hollywood. Hollywood is for light loafed people and women. The audience which made hollywood is now being destroyed.

  14. Mike says:

    Wow – for this particular film, it would have been really nice to have kept the entire team together. I have to wonder what the differences were between director and star? You would think Reynolds would just do what the writers and directors ask him to do?

    • Gerard Kennelly says:

      deadpool was a film hollywood didn’t want to make

      it made 783 million at the box office

      another 79 million on dvd so far

    • Ryan was THE creative force behind Deadpool. From the trailer to the script and right on down the line, it was HIS project. He singlehandedly convinced the studio that an R rating was the way to go and leaked footage to prove it. Anyone questioning the direction he wants to go with Deadpool 2 is just stupid.

      • Mike says:

        If that is the case, then fair enough to Reynolds for sticking to his vision. What I do know is that Deadpool was fun, clever and hilarious….for the first time in while, I can say that I would love a sequel.

      • tommymarx65 says:

        Have to agree with that. There never would have been a movie without Ryan fighting for it every step of the way. I hope his split with the director truly was amicable, though. Maybe they can work together again on another project.

  15. Rudy Mario says:

    What?

    Ryan R was a total flop. Deadpool saved him.
    Without Miller it will be difficult to recreate the magic.

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