What an age we live in. With the advent of the internet, readers have learned that our voices — if we scream loud enough — can indeed be heard by those in charge of the properties that we love. That’s not to say they’ll listen, but at the very least, we can make our voices heard. As far as whether or not this is a good thing…well, let’s just say it’s a mixed bag. But the current story involving Deadpool 2 and writer/director Quentin Tarantino is an interesting one, to be sure.
A couple days back, it was revealed via Deadline that Tim Miller had stepped down as director of Deadpool 2, the sequel to the hugely successful Deadpool, which hit theaters last February. This was a blow to fans, as Miller was instrumental in creating the style and tone of the first film, and along with Reynolds, he stuck with the project through thick and thin for a handful of years leading up to its release. TheWrap reported that Miller and Reynolds have had a contentious relationship for some time, and that in the wake of the first film, Reynolds came away with a lot of power, which gave him casting approval. The whole thing came to a head when Miller wanted Kyle Chandler as Cable, and Reynolds did not. The studio chose to side with their bankable star, and Miller parted the project on amicable terms.
Now, we’re in that awkward stage where we have a film that’s definitely going to hit, but we still don’t know who to expect at the helm. Well, one fan had an idea that they just could not contain. In fact, they started a petition to get Quentin Tarantino in the director’s chair for Deadpool 2. That’s right, this fan wants Tarantino to direct Deadpool 2.
Here’s what the petition had to say.
“If there was ever a chance to see Tarantino do a project almost guaranteed to make a billion dollars, this is it. We got a great taste of what this could be like in Kill Bill, but imagine having a guy like Tarantino write dialogue for The Merc with the Mouth! It would be so glorious. Join me!”
Now comes the cynic in me.
No. No. No. No.
I’m as much of a fan of Tarantino as any film fan. The man is one of the many reasons I grew to love film. That being said, him taking on the character Deadpool would be a horrendous fit.
For starters, he’s a writer. Should he come on board, he’d undoubtedly throw his weight around as a writer and make it into its own beast. Can that beast be a beauty? Sure it can. But we’d be leaving the amazing talents of Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick at the door, and given the chops they showed in the first Deadpool, I think that’d be a colossal waste.
Second, Tarantino wouldn’t adapt Deadpool. I’m not saying he’d make it different. I’m simply saying he wouldn’t take a job to direct a film he didn’t write, and he wouldn’t write an adaptation. Not anymore, at least. Tarantino has made 8 full films so far, and of those, only one of those was an adaptation: Jackie Brown. While that movie turned out to be be a solid, mature film that one wouldn’t expect coming out of Pulp Fiction, Tarantino has since gone on the record to say he has little interest in adapting any more novels, virtually stating he was “not put on this Earth to adapt other people’s work.” Conceited? Yes. But the man has the talent and resumé to back it up.
Last, Tarantino doesn’t have a studio director style. Despite the fact that the original Deadpool was off-the-wall and ridiculous, the film still had a nice gloss and polish to it that made it clear that it was a studio flick. This is a polish that none of Tarantino’s films have — and that’s great. Deadpool has its own style — a style fans definitely want to see more of. Should Tarantino come on board, you can guarantee that would go out the window immediately in favor of Tarantino’s own flair.
While I love the enthusiasm any fan has to throw out an idea like this, it’s definitely only an idea a fan would follow through with.
What do you think? Would you like to see Tarantino take on Deadpool 2? Who else would you like to see take on the directing gig? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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