It was a shock to the system in October when it was reported that Tim Miller had left his role as director on Deadpool 2. The news at the time was that it was due to creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds and the desire to possibly take the film in a different direction than the first film.
Since then, the film has found a new director in John Wick’s David Leitch and Miller has moved on to Sonic The Hedgehog. All seems to have found its place, but that doesn’t mean Miller isn’t looking to clear the air. According to an interview with CG Garage by way of Collider, the director decided to clear up some of the initial reports about his departure from the film:
“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.”
Miller also points out that his exit had nothing to do with the debate over who should play Cable in the sequel. “Kyle Chandler was not going to be Cable. All this stuff that I read kind of kills me.”
Ryan Reynolds has also commented on the changes for the Deadpool sequel, pointing to “vaguely scary fights” in the post-production process while noting that the passion is what made the project possible in the first place. Miller alludes directly to those claims, noting that there were arguments but that the prior reports might be exaggerated:
“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.”
Miller ends it on a positive note, wishing the studio and crew the best of luck on the sequel. “I hope it’s a great movie. Because I love the character and I think it’s great, and I love all the actors and I want to see them successful again.” That doesn’t seem like sour grapes, but it is odd that reports would be so muddled after Miller left the film. You can watch the entire thing below: