The Deadpool sequel hit a major snag when Tim Miller departed the director’s seat over reported creative differences with star and producer Ryan Reynolds. But he has something else cool lined up, right? Well, that, I suppose, is in the eye of the beholder since the project is the Sonic the Hedgehog movie.
According to THR, Miller won’t be directing but is instead aboard as an executive producer with his longtime collaborator Jeff Fowler making his directorial debut. Neal H. Moritz of the Fast and Furious franchise will also produce, while Patrick Casey and Josh Miller are writing the script. The plan is to make a CGI/live-action hybrid based on the video game about Sonic and his animal buddies, like Tails and Knuckles, foiling dastardly plots by Doctor Eggman Robotnik.
Deadpool was Miller’s feature film directorial debut and put him on the map in a big way. So it’s significant that he’s not directing Sonic, as he could definitely use what headway he’s already made in the industry to helm something more high profile. Sonic isn’t exactly the flashiest project to make Reynolds a jealous ex, but Miller is also working on the studio’s adaptation of Daniel Suarez’s best-selling book Influx, a cyber-thriller about a shadowy organization committed to shutting down technological advances for the majority of the populace. So, there’s also that.
A number of director’s names have been tossed out to replace Miller, including David Leitch (John Wick: Chapter 2), Drew Goddard (EP on Netflix’s Daredevil), and Magnus Martens (Netflix’s Luke Cage). However, the studio hadn’t made any formal offers to anyone at the initial time of reporting.