Deadpool may have been a critical and commercial powerhouse early on in 2016, but its sequel is off to a rough start. Almost two weeks ago, director Tim Miller departed Deadpool 2, reportedly because he had a different vision for the movie than what the movie's star, Ryan Reynolds, and its writers, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, wanted. The hunt is already underway for a new director, but today brings yet another departure, as composer Junkie XL announced he also won't return for Deadpool 2.
Taking to his Twitter page earlier today to break the bad news to fans, Junkie XL (real name Tom Holdenborg) revealed that he's decided not to score Deadpool 2. Although he appreciates Wade Wilson and have a blast working on the first movie (he calls it a "monumental chapter in his life personally and professionally), Tim Miller was the "driving force" to getting him involved. Without Miller at the helm, Mr. XL didn't feel right about staying for Deadpool 2, hence the departure. In his eyes, if he had remained aboard, it wouldn't have felt "right." With a director and now a composer gone, the Deadpool 2 troubles keep piling.
It's a shame that we Junkie XL won't be part of Deadpool 2's creative process. When Deadpool wasn't blasting hits like "X Gon' Give It to Ya" and "Shoop," his music was great accompaniment for the movie's action sequences and quieter moments. At the same time, we're also grateful he didn't stay aboard a project that his heart wasn't fully in. If he had, the work might have suffered. Fortunately, Junkie XL already has plenty of other superhero movie contributions on his resume. He worked with Hans Zimmer on both The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and he's also scoring Justice League. His other movie credits over the years include 300: Rise of an Empire, Mad Max: Fury Road, Black Mass and the upcoming The Dark Tower.
No specific plot details for Deadpool 2 have been revealed, but the story will introduce Cable and Domino, whose actors haven't been announced yet. Beyond that, we can expect more insanity from Wade Wilson, the former mercenary who has a screwed up face and a penchant for breaking the fourth wall. While it may be a while until a new composer is hired to succeed Junkie XL, 20th Century Fox has wasted no time in hunting down a directing replacement for Tim Miller. Right now, John Wick's David Leitch is reportedly the top candidate for the job, although The Martian's Drew Goddard and Banshee's Magnus Martens have also been named as contenders.
Deadpool 2 is slated to hit theaters sometime in 2018, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all the most relevant updates surrounding its progress.