The reasons for director Tim Miller’s reported exit from the Deadpool sequel may be becoming more clear, as The Wrap now reports that Miller and star/producers Ryan Reynolds had wildly different concepts of the sequel to the blockbuster film - not just limited to casting.
Reynolds reportedly wanted to repeat the low budget/big earnings success of the first Deadpool, which had a $780m return on a $58m budget.Conversely, Miller wanted to create a spectacle to rival the largest Marvel Studios productions – and which would reportedly require three times the budget of the first film.
$58m times three would be $174m, making it the third largest budget for an X-Men film after X-Men: Days of Future Past's $200m and X-Men: Apocalypse's $170m.
“There were two totally different movies on the table, and one of them just wasn’t Deadpool,” an insider close to the production told The Wrap. Reynolds’ vision, which reportedly aligned with that of writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, eventually won out with the studio, leading to Miller’s exit.
20th Century Fox CEO Jim Gianopulos was reportedly acting as a “peacekeeper” between Reynolds and Miller, but when Gianopulos handed his duties on the film to his eventual successor-as-CEO Stacey Snyder, Snyder began working more closely with 20th Century Fox President of Production Emma Watts, leading to a breakdown in that relationship.
Fox has not confirmed Miller’s exit from the film, and no release date for the Deadpool sequel has been set.