Remember how, with the first Deadpool movie, the studio had absolutely no faith in it and audiences weren’t sure whether or not it would be terrible, and then everyone was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was pretty good?
It seems that Fox is looking to recapture that magic again, by making the sequel’s production into a tumultuous mess.
Following the departure of director Tim Miller, who has instead gone on to work on the Sonic the Hedgehog movie (there’s a cry for help if ever we heard one), Deadpool 2 has now lost its composer, who clearly thinks that the experience of working on this movie is going to be a nightmare.
Junkie XL (what a fun stage name) has been very public with his decision to leave the project, stating that without Tim Miller behind the camera, he’s worried Deadpool 2 is going to crash and burn spectacularly:
“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’s worth noting that it’s very rare for a composer to quit a movie because they think it’s going to be a bad film.
Some of the most popular composers of the modern era have created scores for absolutely terrible films – Hans Zimmer did Batman v Superman, Danny Elfman did the music for Ang Lee’s Hulk, and John Williams somehow sat through the prequel Star Wars trilogy enough times to compose some incredibly memorable music.
Composers often work independently to the rest of a film’s production, coming in late in the process to punch up scenes with emotional or exciting music. For many composers, the overall quality of a movie is of secondary importance to delivering an incredible soundtrack, which is why so many bad movies have genuinely fantastic scores.
Even when movies like Suicide Squad plaster over cracks in tone, story, and character development with popular music, this doesn’t damage the quality of the sound.
While you might feel embarrassed about liking Iron Man 2, for example, there’s nothing wrong with owning the ACDC Greatest Hits album that masquerades as the movie’s soundtrack.
So if Junkie XL has decided to leave Deadpool 2, it’s not because he’s worried that the movie will be bad.
Instead, it’s probably because he thinks that the process of making Deadpool 2 is going to be an absolutely nightmarish headache.
Imagine being the guy who has to compose music that pleases both a brand new mystery director, the enormous ego that is Ryan Reynolds, and Fox studio executives.
Junkie XL is worried that, in Tim Miller’s absence, Deadpool 2 is going to be made by committee – and the thought of having to make countless unnecessary changes to his music because the studio’s higher ups can’t agree on the right sound, fills the composer with dread.
The question has to be asked, if even Deadpool 2’s composer thinks making the movie is going to be a frustrating nightmare, what chance does this project have?
In reality, probably about as much chance as Deadpool the First had.
So maybe, just maybe, things will work out after all.