In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds and producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Apocalypse) discussed certain aspects of the upcoming sequel, from new directors to continuing the success of the first film.
Talking about director Tim Miller’s departure from the sequel:
“There is not a human being on earth that worked harder on Deadpool than Tim. He’s an incredibly, incredibly talented director.”
It was recently announced that Tim Miller has been replaced by John Wick director David Leitch to helm the sequel, and Reynolds seems excited to work with the new director:
“Everbody was just a fan of his work, he’s just a guy who’s so muscular with his action. He also really understands those Deadpool sensibilities and where we need to take the franchise from here. And I love John Wick. One of the things that David Leitch does that very few filmmakers can do these days is they can make a movie on an ultra tight minimal budget look like it was shot for 10-15 times what it cost.”
Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse producer Simon Kinberg also sat down with EW, telling them what the team is aiming for with the sequel:
“The goal for us when we sat down and started talking about it was it needs to be as provocative and startling as the first film which means it can’t just be a continuation of the first film, it has tonally and stylistically be as fresh and original. That’s a big challenge especially because they had 10 years to gestate on the first movie and we don’t have that kind of time on the second movie. That’s the biggest mandate going into on the second film: to not make it bigger. We have to resist the temptation to make it bigger in scale and scope, which is normally what you do when you have a surprise hit movie. But actually stay true to the tenets of it’s the tone and the style and the humor that make it so special — it’s not the explosions and the special effects.”