Last week, it was revealed that Deadpool director Tim Miller left Deadpool 2 due to creative differences with actor/producer Ryan Reynolds. Despite this, the report stated that Miller’s departure from the project was mutual and amicable, and that he would continue to work with 20th Century Fox on a science-fiction adaptation entitle Influx. But, of course, like any filmmaker in Hollywood, Miller has gone on to secure his involvement in more than one project.
THR is reporting that Miller has now signed on to develop and produce an adaptation of Sony Pictures’ Sonic the Hedgehog movie, which was announced to be getting a film adaptation back in February (apparently, they’ve made little to no headway on it since then, based on the fact that Miller is hopping on to develop it).
Also on board is Miller’s longtime Blur Studio collaborator Jeff Fowler, who will be making his directorial debut with this live-action/CGI hybrid flick based on the iconic Sega character. On the news regarding Fowler joining, Miller had the following to say:
“Jeff is an incredible director with strong story instincts. The world of Sonic presents the perfect opportunity for him to leverage his experience in animation to bring new dimension to this iconic character.”
Sounds legit, but video game movies are difficult enough to make as it is, and when studios try and make it for a family audience, it tends to swing way to far in the kid-friendly direction (just take a look at this year’s Ratchet and Clank, which was all kinds of terrible). Let’s hope that Miller will help to give this one a bit of extra direction if Fowler and the writers need it.
Regarding Miller’s involvement on 20th Century Fox’s influx, there has been no news, but from the sound of it, he’s still on board to direct that one, but the premise is certainly an interesting one. According to earlier reports, it revolves around the idea that an elite group of people are hoarding specific technological advances for their own purposes. When a particle physicist denies an offer to join these ranks, he’s thrown into a prison full of other similarly-minded geniuses.
It’s very clear that Miller has kept himself busy in the wake of leaving Deadpool 2, so it’ll be interesting to see where his career goes now.