"I just want to say one thing to the geek audience out there," he said, "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 three 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. I wanted to do the same thing [as the first movie]."
As to long-circulating rumor that "Friday Night Lights" veteran Kyle Chandler was in the running to play Cable -- a purported point of contention between Miller and Reynolds -- the director said, "Kyle Chandler was not going to be Cable. All this stuff that I read kind of kills me."
Reynolds, whose renegotiated contract reportedly grants him more creative control and casting approval for the sequel, recently addressed Miller's departure, saying, "nobody worked harder on 'Deadpool' than he did."
A visual effects veteran, Miller was instrumental in not only establishing the look of the first film but also championing its development even when Fox appeared to lose interest. It was fan response in 2014 to leaked CGI footage created by Miller's Blur Studio that spurred the studio to move forward with "Deadpool."
Although Reynolds told GQ he was "sad" to see Miller leave "Deadpool 2," he also seemed to hint at some of the reported friction."I know when I need to exert control, and I know when I need to let go of it. I’m not gonna go and sit with Tim Miller and say, ‘The visual effects of 'Deadpool' need to be done this way.’ The man is a visual-effects wizard," he said. "But there are character and tone things that I know really well. And I’ve also been with this thing the longest out of anybody, aside from the guys that wrote the comics. Eleven years I’ve been trying to get this Sisyphus rock up the hill, and it kept rolling back on top of me. So I’m gonna be all the [frick] over it from the moment it starts to the moment it finishes."
The "Deadpool" sequel is moving forward with "John Wick" co-director David Leitch behind the camera.