We all knew this would be coming. The second director Tim Miller dropped out of Deadpool 2, citing creative differences, most fans expected an impending delay of production. It’s no easy task to find a new director to such a high profile project, and even when said director is finally on board, it takes some time for him to establish his new vision, rework the script, and get preproduction into full swing. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and luckily for us, it doesn’t sound like 20th Century Fox isn’t expecting to turn things around for Deadpool 2 overnight.
A report from a site called What’s Filming has been circulating the web, and according the outlet’s “In Production” page, the flick was set to begin filming in January. Technically this would make sense. Generally speaking, about a year-plus from the beginning of shooting until its release day is expected, and currently Fox has an untitled Marvel movie slated for March 20, 2018, so if they’d begun production in January, that would’ve given them enough time to get all the visual effects work done with some breathing room to spare. Of course, with Tim Miller now gone from the project, it would take a miracle to hit this, and now a new report from Collider is not only saying that this date is wrong in the wake of Miller's departure, but that Deadpool 2 was never going to start shooting in January, period.
According to the outlet’s sources, when Miller was set to direct, the schedule was for them to begin shooting in March of 2017 (which would still set it up to hit that March 2018 release date). Additionally, they stated that when Miller had left, they’d only just begun the casting process, so no matter which way you slice it, rumors of a January start date were flat-out wrong. With Miller gone, any forward momentum the project had has all but been halted as they try and find a new director, and as such, the film will likely be delayed.
Just how long it’ll be delayed is not clear as of this point. When last we heard, John Wick co-director David Leitch and Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard were both top contenders — though not the only ones up for consideration. While Fox has thrown out a schedule populated with Unknown Marvel films, they’re not above shifting them around as needed. Obviously, it’s a lot easier to set a date than to actually follow through with it, and in the business of film, dates are shifted all the time (just look at what happened to the Gambit movie, which has disappeared from their slate altogether). Should they find a director to work with in the next couple months, it seems likely they can start production by June 2017 and hit the June 29, 2018 date they have on their slate. I should clarify that them starting in June and releasing the film the following June is pure speculation on my part, though I do think it a likely path of production.
When all said and done, perhaps this delay will do the studio some favors, and allow them to flesh out any extra irons they have in the coals, and to make sure the scripts are perfect before they start any other productions. While Deadpool elevated expectations for the brand, the release of X-Men: Apocalypse didn’t do them any favors. While an enjoyable film, there were a lot of problems, and as such, it’s probably for the best that they take an extra few months to look over any other projects they have before giving them the greenlight. They don't need anymore duds to pollute the waters.
What do you think of this rumor? Do you think it’s a good idea to move Deadpool 2 back to that June date and for Fox only to have one film hit in 2018? Let us know your thoughts down below!