It seems that Tim Miller has been reading a lot about himself on the internet lately, especially in regards to his big break-up with the ‘Deadpool’ franchise, and he has not been too happy about the theories put out there about why he left, or the way it has been painting him as some kind of monster intent on ruining everything that made the first ‘Deadpool’ movie so great. Fortunately for him, he got a chance to clear the air during a lengthy interview on CG Garage, where he spoke about why he left the project and why it bothers him to hear such terrible rumors about him on the internet. Feel free to check out the full interview here, but here are the excerpts about ‘Deadpool’ specifically.
First, Miller wanted to address the internet speculation that he was trying to make a big budget sequel:
“I just want to say one thing to the geek audience out there, because it’s important to me what the geeks and nerds of the world think because they are my brothers and sisters. I didn’t want to make some stylized movie that was 3 times the budget. If you read the internet — who cares, really? But for those of you who do, I wanted to make the same kind of movie that we made before because I think that’s the right movie to make for the character. So don’t believe what you read on the internet.”
Second, he wanted to get the facts straight about the rumor that he was pushing for Kyle Chandler to play Cable:
“I wanted to do the same thing [as the first movie]. Kyle Chandler was not going to be Cable. All this stuff that I read kind of kills me.”
Next, he took umbrage with some of the comments made by Ryan Reynolds about having a ‘very, very difficult’ time making the movie:
“Even when some people go, “The movie was really hard to make.” The movie was a joy to make. I think you see it on screen. We all had such a good time. We had a few arguments in post, but nothing more than usual. The crew was so great, everybody was going to come back and we were going to have such a good time and the idea that it was a difficult movie…It wasn’t, it was a joy, and it was the best experience of my life.”
Finally, he wanted to express his wish for ‘Deadpool 2’ to be a success, and for the success of everyone involved in the film, basically saying that there are no hard feelings:
“I wish them nothing but good — I hope it’s great. I hope it’s a great movie. Because I love the character and I think it’s great, and I love all the actors and I want to see them successful again. I haven’t met David, but he’s a great guy from everything I’ve heard. I want nothing but the best for the character. And for Fox, too. They deserve to make more money. They need to make more money [laughs]. They were great. They were terrific.”
Definitely some revealing quotes here, and it all makes me wonder how much of what he is refuting were things leaked by Reynolds, Kinberg and 20th Century Fox to hide what the real issues actually were, whatever those may be. Could this have been a smear job on Miller to put fans at ease about losing the director, when really we should be worried that Miller left because of awful ideas put forth by those that are still in charge? For Miller to feel strongly enough to come out and refute claims made against him makes me feel that he still passionately cares about the project, and makes me very worried about what exactly Reynolds and company had in mind for the sequel that Miller felt strongly enough in opposition about to leave.
Do you have any theories on what is going on? Does this make you worried at all about the sequel? Share your thoughts in the comments below!