It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. 2016 has been a big year for Deadpool. The Merc with a Mouth finally got his big screen debut after years and years (and years and years) of determined doggedness from the creative team (and a wee bit of internet-nip leaked footage). And it not only was it good, it was a huge hit, quickly becoming the highest-grossing X-Men film to date. So it makes sense that 20th Century Fox charged full-speed-ahead into the sequel, but trouble quickly emerged in the pre-production process and director Tim Miller dropped off the project over creative differences.
Since then, reports have floated around online that Miller and star/producer Ryan Reynolds disagreed about the scope of the sequel. Deadpool was famously made on a modest budget, and some questionable reports suggested that Miller envisioned the sequel as a much bigger-budget affair. But during a wide-ranging interview on CG Garage, Miller finally spoke out about why he left the project and he made it very clear that was never the case.
Addressing the fans, he assured them he always wanted to make the “same kind of movie” as the first,
“I just want to say one thing to the geek audience out there, because it’s important to me what the geeks and nerds of the world think because they are my brothers and sisters. I didn’t want to make some stylized movie that was 3 times the budget. If you read the internet — who cares, really? But for those of you who do, I wanted to make the same kind of movie that we made before because I think that’s the right movie to make for the character. So don’t believe what you read on the internet.”