When it comes to destructive forces in Hollywood, cocaine and ending your career on a CSI show are probably the only things that best “creative differences”. One of Tinsel Town’s most favoured euphemisms, it often gets thrown around when the studio doesn’t want to actually divulge the details of the behind-the-scenes politicking that happens on a production. Other times though, it really means just that: Two proponents of a movie differing on its creative difference. And in the case of the upcoming Deadpool sequel, it appears there was nearly $180 million worth of differences.
Following on from the unexpected news early in the week that director Tim Miller has exited the sequel to this year’s breakout R-rated superhero hit due to creative differences with star/producer Ryan Reynolds, The Wrap is reporting that they have unearthed more details as to what went down. Initial reports had indicated that a disagreement over which actor should play the role of Cable had been cited as a factor, but according to The Wrap’s sources the big point of contention was that Reynolds wanted to maintain the “scrappy, raunchy and inexpensive” approach of the first film, while Miller reportedly wanted to make a stylish mega-budget superhero epic that would cost three times the original’s $58 million budget.
According to an insider, “There were two totally different movies on the table, and one of them just wasn’t Deadpool”. And it appears that writers writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who along with Reynolds gave us all those memorable, laugh-out-loud, risque moments in the original, agreed with their star. And with the divide standing as 3-to-1, Miller backed down. Right out the door.
Now while Deadpool had undoubtedly been a passion project for both Miller and Reynolds and I would prefer both of them hanging around to continue their vision, the thought of a sequel playing out like some of the more bloated X-Men movies does not appeal to me one bit. I liked how stripped down Deadpool was. Yeah, sure I could have done with the better villain with a more memorable power set that an expanded budget would have allowed for, but not at the cost of changing the texture of the rest of the film.
What do you guys think? Would you have preferred Miller stay on board and give us a huge superhero spectacle instead of sticking with the existing formula?
Last Updated: October 27, 2016