It came as a major shock when news broke that director Tim Miller would be unfortunately exiting Deadpool 2 over creative differences with Ryan Reynolds. Now after two months since the sequel to 20th Century Fox’s smash hit superhero action comedy which became the highest grossing R-rated film all time was left without a director, Miller has come forth to offer his side of the story. The director was a guest on CG Garage Thursday night and offered his insight into his untimely exit from the project:
“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 3 times the budget. If you read the internet — who cares, really? 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.”
When Miller exited Deadpool 2, reports cited that the creative differences Miller was having with Reynolds were over Miller’s desire to cast Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights, Bloodline) in the film as Cable, however. Miller says that wasn’t the case:
“I wanted to do the same thing [as the first movie]. Kyle Chandler was not going to be Cable. All this stuff that I read kind of kills me.”
Reynolds was recently named GQ’s Man of the Year and during an interview with the magazine stated that once the film got to the production phase things got even more difficult than it already had been for Reynolds (who had been championing the project for over a decade). Reynolds said here were some “vaguely intense fights that escalated quickly” during the post-production process but Miller doesn’t think those arguments were anything out of the ordinary:
“Even when some people go, “The movie was really hard to make.” The movie was a joy to make. I think you see it on screen. We all had such a good time. We had a few arguments in post, but nothing more than usual. The crew was so great, everybody was going to come back and we were going to have such a good time and the idea that it was a difficult movie…It wasn’t, it was a joy, and it was the best experience of my life.”
Creative people are very passionate people with strong personalities and the people working in Hollywood are some of the most creative people on the planet. Screaming matches are to be expected at any phase of a project whether it’s development, principal photography or post-production. More times than not, a better idea is often found as a result of a disagreement. Artists who collaborate have to challenge each other so that the final outcome is the best possible outcome there could be.
Miller’s exit is starting to become a little he said, she said, but one thing is for certain. Miller left Deadpool 2 on good terms with 20th Century Fox. When Miller exited the project, he jumped ship over to Fox’s Influx, a tech-thriller based on the novel by David Suarez. The story follows an man who invents a device that can reflect gravity. Instead of receiving acclaim for his innovation, his lab is locked down by a shadow organization, the Bureau of Technology Control, which prevents technological advances from making its way into the public.
You can watch Miller’s full interview on the 100th episode of CG Garage here.
SOURCE: CG GARAGE