The Deadpool sequel lost another team member who contributed to making the first film a box-office smash hit — its composer. In a recent Facebook post, Deadpool composer Junkie XL (Tom Holkenberg) stated that he has decided to not score the upcoming film. Although he describes scoring Deadpool as being a monumental chapter in his life, he left the film because of his loyalties to his friend and original Deadpool director, Tim Miller.
As he put it in a Facebook post earlier today:
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.
Tim Miller recently left the film because of disputes between him, the film’s writers, and lead actor, Ryan Reynolds. Miller apparently wanted to make a more stylized action sequel which would require three times the first film’s original $58 million budget. Reynolds instead wanted to stick to the humor that made the film so popular and so inexpensive to create. The final straw came when Reynolds and Miller argued over who should play Cable in the upcoming film.
This is a big blow to a film that relied so heavily on music to underscore its scenes. Junkie XL’s score combined a mix of heavy rock and electronic music that blended very well with Deadpool’s heavy action sequences. These arguments are not a good sign for the second movie. It was good while it lasted, but hopefully this does not mean the end of a “superhero” movie that was actually good.