Deadpool 2 hit a bit of a snag recently when director Tim Miller left the project. He was a pretty important part of the process, or at least it seemed that way, so it seemed like there might be a slight delay in getting the movie in front of cameras. That doesn't appear to be the case. According to a new source, Deadpool 2 will be shooting very soon.

According to the site What's Filming?, which lists the movies that will be shooting in Vancouver, Deadpool 2 is expected to roll film at some point in January 2017. Assuming this is true, it would seem like Fox and the production team behind Deadpool 2 have no concerns and that things are moving right along, with or without a director. That being said, if the movie really is going to be filming that soon, the studio will need to get a director hired ASAP so that he or she can get up to speed.

It was recently revealed that director Tim Miller, who directed Deadpool and had a huge hand in getting the movie made in the first place, had left Deadpool 2 over "creative differences." It was later revealed that those differences had a lot to do with the casting of the mutant Cable. Reportedly, Tim Miller wanted Bloodline star Kyle Chandler, but Ryan Reynolds had other ideas. We have heard rumors that Fox wanted Liam Neeson in the role, but it is unclear who the studio and Ryan Reynolds want at the moment. In any case, the disagreement resulted in Miller departing the project and now Fox needs to find a new director.

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Deadpool 2 is also in need of a new composer, because Junkie XL also departed the project in a show of solidarity with Tim Miller. Granted, that is much less important when it comes to the start of production, but it is still a concern. At the moment, it seems like the frontrunner is John Wick director David Leitch, but that hasn't been confirmed. Whoever Fox gets, it looks they won't have a lot of time to get ready because Deadpool 2 will be shooting in about three months. The good news for fans is that the movie will still be on track to come out in early 2018, despite the recent shakeup.

Deadpool remains arguably the most successful movie of 2016, having grossed $782 million worldwide from a budget of just $58 million. That makes it the highest-grossing movie ever in the X-Men franchise and outside of Logan, which will be Hugh Jackman's last go as Wolverine next year, it doesn't seem like Fox has a whole lot more planned with their mutant franchise. So, it makes sense that they would want to keep Deadpool 2 on the fast track. Let's just hope they don't rush it and compromise the integrity of the movie in the process.

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