Despite the phenomenal success of ‘Deadpool’ earlier this year and the continued fan excitement for the character, there is some trepidation about the sequel now that the original director Tim Miller has dropped out of the franchise, fears that Ryan Reynolds in particular is hoping to quell now that they have nabbed David Leitch (‘John Wick’) to direct.
The point can also be made that Reynolds is the face of the franchise, and the one who championed it all along, so as long as he is still attached, fans should not have too much to fear, especially since Leitch’s style and previous moves mesh so well with the style they are going for with ‘Deadpool 2.’ During a recent interview with EW, Reynold’s opened up about why he thought Leitch was the ideal director for ‘Deadpool 2’ now that Miller has left the franchise:
“Everbody was just a fan of his [Leitch’s] work. He’s just a guy who’s so muscular with his action. He also really understands those Deadpool sensibilities and where we need to take the franchise from here. And I love John Wick. One of the things that David Leitch does that very few filmmakers can do these days is they can make a movie on an ultra tight minimal budget look like it was shot for 10-15 times what it cost.”
Simon Kinberg, who oversees the ‘X-Men’ cinematic franchise also opened up about ‘Deadpool 2’ and shed some insight on the direction they want to take the film in, potentially dropping some hints about why Miller was not working out:
“The goal for us when we sat down and started talking about it was it needs to be as provocative and startling as the first film which means it can’t just be a continuation of the first film. It has tonally and stylistically be as fresh and original. That’s a big challenge especially because they had 10 years to gestate on the first movie and we don’t have that kind of time on the second movie. That’s the biggest mandate going into on the second film: to not make it bigger. We have to resist the temptation to make it bigger in scale and scope, which is normally what you do when you have a surprise hit movie. But actually stay true to the tenets of it’s the tone and the style and the humor that make it so special — it’s not the explosions and the special effects.”
Could it be that Miller wanted to go bigger and more cinematic, and Reynold’s and Kinberg didn’t see it that way? More likely than not we will never know for sure, but it certainly makes a lot of sense. Feel free to share your thoughts on the matter in the comments below!