Earlier today, Deadpool fans were dealt a major blow when it was reported that director Tim Miller, a man who eats, sleeps, and breathes comic books, won't be back to helm the sequel. When the news first broke, it was reported that Miller left the project due to "creative differences" with its star, Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern), but no details were provided.
Now, after doing some digging, Umberto "El Mayimbe" Gonzalez of The Wrap is claiming the two clashed over the sequel's tone and who should play Cable — the powerful time-traveling mutant with a bionic arm and a messiah complex
"Miller, who owns a visual effects studio and we're told did much of the polishing work on the original Deadpool for free, wanted more of a stylized sequel, while the actor placed his focus more on the raunchy comedy style that earned the first movie its R rating," The Wrap reports. "The casting issue also eventually came to a head over Kyle Chandler's rumored participation. Miller wanted the Bloodline star to play Cable, though Reynolds did not. Ultimately, the studio backed its marketable star, and the man behind the camera packed up his lenses."
While it appeared as though Miller and Reynolds had a good working relationship, The Wrap also claims the two have a "contentious relationship" and hardly communicate with each other. Additionally, when Reynolds renegotiated his contract for Deadpool 2, he asked and received "casting approval and other creative controls," so 20th Century Fox and Miller couldn't just dismiss Reynolds's suggestions.
Chandler, 50, is best known for his roles in films like Super 8, Zero Dark Thirty, The Wolf of Wall Street and Carol, as well as starring in television shows such as the Netflix original series Bloodline and NBC's highly-acclaimed Friday Night Lights, which he won an Emmy in 2011 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
Deadpool 2 will begin filming next year, and is due out January 12, 2018.