Terminator: Dark Fate director Tim Miller got his start on big-budget action movies with his hit Deadpool movie starring Ryan Reynolds back in 2016. Miller quietly turned down the chance to helm the sequel and today we know why. It turns out that franchise star Ryan Reynolds wanted too much control over Deadpool 2. So Miller walked.

Specifically, Tim Miller says about his decision to leave the Deadpool 2 director's chair.

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"It became clear that Ryan wanted to be in control of the franchise. You can work that way as a director, quite successfully, but I can't. I don't mind having a debate, but if I can't win, I don't want to play. And I don't think you can negotiate every creative decision, there's too many to make. So Ryan's the face of the franchise, and he was the most important component of that, by far. So if he decides he wants to control it, then he's going to control it."

Tim Miller continued on about the Ryan Reynolds issues.

"I've always been pretty good at the 'moving on' thing. I care deeply, and then you get to this point where you've gotta make a decision, and I'm pretty good about putting it in my rearview mirror. We had a meeting at Fox, and the writing was on the wall, so I said, 'I get it. I'll quit, and you guys can do what you need to do.'"

Personally, I think it's a shame Miller didn't direct Deadpool 2 if only for the fact that it was evidently his plan to include Thing from Fantastic Four in the place of Colossus. That would have been classic. But as we all know by now, Miller was replaced on Deadpool 2 with director David Leitch (John Wick, Atomic Blonde) and the rest is history. Well, not quite. Miller then moved on to take a crack at producer James Cameron's The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day revamping Terminator: Dark Fate with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton. And as we've all learned in the past few weeks, maybe that wasn't such a great idea as the movie is bombing big-time at the box-office. And that's too bad.

But now that both the Deadpool and The Terminator franchises are in Miller's review mirror, what will the one-time visual effects artist and title sequence designer take on next? Well if word around the campfire is correct then Miller will be taking a shot at adapting William Gibson's 1984 cyberpunk novel Neuromancer with producer Simon Kinberg. But considering Miller's Terminator: Dark Fate and Kinberg's Dark Pheonix rank as two of this year's biggest box-office bombs, I don't know if this Neuromancer movie will actually get a greenlight.

But Miller's other projects include an adaptation of Daniel Suarez's sci-fi novel Influx so maybe that one will happen. I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Maybe he'll let bygones be bygones and take the helm of Deadpool 3. You never know. Anyhow, these comments come from an interview director Tim Miller recently held on KCRW's The Business podcast.

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