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Deadpool 2 creative team continues to fall apart

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When Deadpool debuted in all of it’s R-rated, potty-mouthed, fourth wall breaking glory in February this year, there was no doubt in any viewer’s – or Fox executive’s – mind that a sequel would be on its way. And yet the crew already hard at work on Deadpool 2 seems to be falling apart as the last few weeks have left them hemorrhaging members of their creative team, the latest being composer Junkie XL.

The road to Deadpool was a long and arduous one, creatively. Fox was incredibly hesitant to risk millions on an R-rated superhero film. However, the forces of good neutral triumphed eventually by joining forces and pressuring Fox to give the film the greenlight. Director Tim Miller, Lead Actor/Producer Ryan Reynolds, and Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were the core of the creative team that finally brought The Merc with a Mouth to the big screen.

However, things began to fall apart a few weeks ago when Tim Miller announced he was leaving the project citing creative differences with Ryan Reynolds. The exact details of their dispute are unknown but reportedly Miller wished for Deadpool 2 to have nearly triple the budget of the first film and incorporate the large set pieces of a more traditional superhero film. Reynolds, Rhees, and Wernick wanted to keep the budget of Deadpool 2 low to keep the same scrappy, edgy feeling of the first movie.

In the end, Miller walked, and he is now being joined by composer Junkie XL – real name Tom Holkenborg. He took to social media to announce that after doing some soul searching, he would no longer be a part of the project.

“Tim was the driving force behind Deadpool and me getting involved in this amazing project. Deadpool without Tim at the helm just does not sit right with me and that is why I have decided not to be involved in the second chapter.”

“It’s hard to walk away from something so unique, but it also has to feel right.”

Holkenborg has worked with Hans Zimmer in the past on The Amazing Spiderman 2 and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, not to mention writing the score for Mad Max: Fury Road. And while losing a composer isn’t an inherently huge blow to Deadpool 2, it can’t help but leave us wondering, where will it end?

How many others are thinking about jumping ship? Will the comedy stylings of Reynolds, Rheese, and Wernick be enough to support the film? Well we won’t have long to wait to find out. Deadpool 2 comes out January 12, 2018.

Justin, or as his friends call him, Justin, is a content provider at 301 Digital Media and a student at Middle Tennessee State University. He loves to read, use big words, and is nowhere near as clever as he thinks he is.

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