By Travis Martin
“Deadpool” has become Fox‘s saving grace since the lukewarm reception of “X-Men: Apocalypse” and Hugh Jackman final outing as the Wolverine in “Logan.“ However, one of the creative parts behind the film will not be returning for the sequel. Deadline reports that director Tim Miller has dropped out as director for “Deadpool 2.“ Speculations for Miller’s departure comes from creative differences between the director and star Ryan Reynolds, who is set to portray the Merc With a Mouth.
The main disagreement between Miller and Reynolds is, according to The Wrap, the direction and casting choices for the sequel. Miller, who owns his own special effects studio, wanted the next film to have a more stylized approach and wanted Kyle Chandler to play Cable. However, Reynolds wanted to focus on the raunchy comedy that made “Deadpool” have an R-rating and did not support Miller’s choice for time-traveling mutant Cable. Due to renegotiations with his agent, Reynolds has creative control along with casting approvals. Along with this and a supposed strained relationship between the actor and director, Miller resigned from the project.
Since he is no longer directing the sequel, Fox has now set Miller to direct “Influx,” an adaption of Daniel Suarez‘s novel. It will be written by Mark Bomback and is expected to expand into a trilogy. Besides rumors of Chandler’s involvement as Cable, casting is also underway for the character Domino, with Mackenzie Davis the top choice for the character. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick will return to write the sequel. “Deadpool 2” will come out on January 12, 2018.