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‘Deadpool’ director exits sequel due to creative differences

Hollywood’s mouthy mercenary will need to find another filmmaker to helm his next adventure now that Deadpool director Tim Miller has reportedly exited the sequel.

A new, unconfirmed report indicates that Miller and the project have parted ways due to creative differences regarding the direction the franchise should take in its second installment, with star Ryan Reynolds (who also serves as a producer on the film) and the filmmaker allegedly differing over some potential casting and tonal plans for the sequel.

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According to Deadline, Miller hadn’t officially signed a deal to direct the Deadpool sequel, which is scheduled to hit theaters in 2018, but he was actively involved in developing the film’s script.

The report indicates that the split was amicable and that Miller will move on to direct another project at the studio: an adaptation of Influx, the 2014 sci-fi novel by Daniel Suarez. That film already has a script penned by The Wolverine and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes screenwriter Mark Bomback and is being envisioned as the first film in a trilogy.

Miller was instrumental in making Deadpool the massive hit that it was, having leaked the original test footage that generated buzz for the project and pushed it into production at 20th Century Fox. Deadpool went on to become the highest-grossing “R”-rated movie of all time worldwide with $782.6 million over the course of its 18-week run, and the biggest opening weekend of all time domestically for an “R”-rated movie with its $132.4 million debut. It currently ranks as the second-highest grossing “R”-rated movie of all time domestically after 2004’s The Passion of the Christ.

Most recently, Bloodline and Zero Dark Thirty actor Kyle Chandler was rumored to be a leading contender to play the mutant Cable in the Deadpool sequel, and recent reports have suggested that this particular casting might have been one of the issues at play in Miller’s departure from the project. Rumors have indicated that Reynolds was not completely on board with Chandler taking on the role, but nothing has been confirmed along those lines.

The still-untitled Deadpool sequel is currently scheduled to hit theaters January 12, 2018.