Trouble is brewing for the production of Fox’s Deadool sequel. Following the departure of director Tim Miller after creative clashes with star Ryan Reynolds, the original film’s composer, Junkie XL (real name: Tom Holkenborg), has announced he too will be leaving the sequel in what appears to be a show of solidarity with Miller. Junkie XL’s expansive credits, many as joint work with Hans Zimmer, include The Dark Knight trilogy, Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman, Mad Max: Fury Road, Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Inception. If this trend of attrition continues, the entire production of Deadpool 2 will consist of Ryan Reynolds in an empty film studio taking selfies of himself in costume (though this would still be more entertaining than X-Men: Apocalypse).
In a Facebook post, Junkie XL wrote:
It is with a heavy heart that I have decided not to score the upcoming Deadpool Movie. I love this character and creating his and the movie’s original score was a monumental chapter in my life, personally and professionally.
Since it was revealed that Deadpool’s brilliant creative director Tim Miller will not be involved in the project anymore, I have undertaken some soul searching. 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 was a difficult decision, as I love the project so much and I know how eagerly the next installment will be anticipated, it’s hard to walk away from something so unique, but it also has to feel right.
Hope everyone understands. Onward and upward.
Deadpool 2 hasn’t secured a new director yet, but Tim Miller has already found a new job executive producing a Sonic the Hedgehog movie. Deadpool 2 has a scheduled release date of January 12, 2018.