“Deadpool” director Tim Miller expresses why he chose not to take part in the franchise after the first film. Stating creative differences and control as to two moving points for why he was is no longer part of the series.
This lead to Miller leaving the development of “Deadpool 2” and thus David Leitch, director of “John Wick” took up the role as director and Ryan Reynolds gained his first ever writing credit for the film.
Miller said all this in an interview with KCRW’s The Business podcast.
“It became clear that Ryan wanted to be in control of the franchise. You can work that way as a director, quite successfully, but I can’t. I don’t mind having a debate, but if I can’t win, I don’t want to play. And I don’t think you can negotiate every creative decision, there’s too many to make. So Ryan’s the face of the franchise, and he was the most important component of that, by far. So if he decides he wants to control it, then he’s going to control it.”
Miller then continued to say, “I’ve always been pretty good at the ‘moving on’ thing. I care deeply, and then you get to this point where you’ve gotta make a decision, and I’m pretty good about putting it in my rearview mirror. We had a meeting at Fox, and the writing was on the wall, so I said, ‘I get it. I’ll quit, and you guys can do what you need to do.’”
This of course was not the last of Miller leaving something due to creative control. A more recent experience involves “Terminator: Dark Fate” and producer James Cameron. Miller stated in the same interview as above that he will not be working with Cameron ever again because he “did not have enough control over the film”.