Deadpool director Tim Miller has exited the production of the sequel, obviously titled Deadpool 2 (for now), over creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds, according to Mike Fleming Jr. at Deadline. Miller had not formally signed on to direct the sequel to this year’s surprise comic book action-comedy blockbuster (which grossed $760 million worldwide) when he decided to step down.
This news comes just two days after it was reported that Miller was looking at several prominent actresses for the role of the mutant assassin Domino, including Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Swiss Army Man), and Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service). Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights) remains one of the top contenders to play the fan-favorite mutant antihero Cable.
20th Century Fox wants to stay in with Tim Miller and hopes the director will take on an adaptation of Daniel Suarez’s sci-fi novel Influx scripted by Mark Bomback (The Wolverine) as his next project now that he is no longer calling the shots on the Deadpool 2.
Miller was, along with Reynolds, one of the major driving forces behind making the first movie a reality and he did a bang-up on the direction; he certainly made a $58 million R-rated superhero flick look much more expensive and elaborate. Whoever the studio gets to replace him has some mighty big shoes to fill.
Deadpool 2 is still on track to open in theaters on January 12, 2018.