Director Tim Miller Discusses Leaving Deadpool 2 & Jumping Onto Terminator

Following the release of the groundbreaking Deadpool early in 2016, it seemed inevitable that 20th Century Fox would lock down the core creative team behind that film: actor/producer Ryan Reynolds, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and director Tim Miller. After all, why break up the dream team who were so instrumental in making that film what it was?

Sadly, it wasn’t meant to be, and months into developing the project, Tim Miller left, citing creative differences. We never really got a full story from him, the studio, or anyone else involved, and instead were left with a bunch of rumors. These rumors suggested that Miller wanted to do something more stylized and new, while everyone else wanted to continue down the path created by the first one.

In a recent interview with THR, Miller doesn’t exactly confirm these rumors, but in discussing Deadpool 2, it sounds like he was definitely itching to work on something different, which does fall in line with said rumors.

Here’s what he said:

“I felt like there was more stories to tell there [with Deadpool], but I’m happy that somebody else is telling them. There was a sense of relief in that I get to do something new versus Deadpool 2. I think it would’ve been a great movie, but it was also going to be a continuation of what we had done. This really gave me a chance to do something new.”

Of course, Miller has gone on to be quite the busy, in-demand helmer. He’s been attached to Neuromancer and Influx for Fox, and is also now attached to direct Terminator 6.

Here’s what he had to say about taking on the Terminator gig.

“I feel like there was so much more to be done with these characters. I mean, I wanted to make Deadpool 2. I was going to do that, until I wasn’t. So, there was that, which took up about seven months of my time. But even then, David [Ellison, who has the rights to the Terminator franchise] and I were talking, like after Deadpool 2, it was going to be this [Terminator].”

We’re definitely looking forward to see what his sophomore effort will bring to the table. As great as Deadpool was, seeing something bigger in his hands — especially given his VFX background — would be interesting to see.

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