James Gunn Responds To Tim Miller Leaving Deadpool 2

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Miller has quit the production over what insiders say are creative differences with the film's star, Ryan Reynolds.

With Deadpool being a surprising smash hit, it wasn't surprising to learn that a sequel would be made. Reynolds' belief in the movie paid off big time, as the R-rated superhero film eventually grossed more than $750 million in theaters worldwide and became a cultural phenomenon (see: Ajax/Francis memes).

Deadpool 2 is slated for release in 2018. He is irreplaceable. Unfortunately, we now know his "Deadpool" directors are not. However, it appears that there is a clash in opinions between director Tim Miller and producer/star Ryan Reynolds regarding the treatment for Deadpool 2.

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(L-R) Actors Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Morena Baccarin, Ryan Reynolds, and Brianna Hildebrand of Deadpool pose for a portrait. As a matter of fact, he's already got one set up with Deadpool studio 20th Century Fox - they've set him to work on the Mark Bomback-scripted Influx, the first film in what is supposed to be a trilogy.

The departure was "amicable", a studio source said, though we've heard elsewhere that Reynolds and Miller have had a contentious relationship for quite a while now.

This will likely take the wind out of the sails for fans as "the overpaid tool's" success in the first flick indeed impressed many.

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It has also been claimed that they disagreed on their vision for the film, with Miller arguing for a "more stylised sequel" while Reynolds wanted to return to the "raunchy comedy style" of the first movie.

Deadline reported over the weekend that Miller has now vacated the director's chair for the upcoming sequel to Deadpool.

While the director's chair will remain empty for now, Fox confirmed that scriptwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick will still be on board for the sequel.

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Much like Hugh Jackman with Wolverine and Robert Downey Jr. with Iron Man, Reynolds's career found new life with Deadpool. Still, as director, Miller was the guy responsible for bringing that opening sequence and all the other stylized, highly choreographed action scenes to life.


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