Miller has working on a script and was fully expected to helm the sequel but has departed the project “amicably” after “creative differences” with Ryan Reynolds.
This news will no doubt disappoint fans who saw Miller as a vital part of the first film’s success; not just in terms of his direction but in his championing of the project alongside Reynolds for many years against studio scepticism after Deadpool’s less than spectacular debut in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The film went on to become Fox’s most lucrative X-Men film so far even though it made on way less than the usual budget.
In a franchise like Deadpool, where the star of the film was so crucial to its success, the director is always going to lose out over creative disagreements (especially when said star is also a producer on the film). But it seems Fox still has faith in Miller, as he’s already been snapped up to direct the sci-fi thriller Influx, which Mark Bomback is adapting from the novel by David Suarez, which has the potential to be made into a trilogy.