We may have to wait a tiny bit longer to see Deadpool 2, but that could be a good thing. Yesterday, a report surfaced that suggested the highly anticipated, but at the moment troubled, Deadpool sequel was going to be shooting this January in Vancouver. As it turns out, that won't be the case.
The news of Deadpool 2 filming in January originated on What's Filming? The site listed movies that were expected to start production in Vancouver this January and Deadpool 2 was one of them. Collider has received word that this report is totally false. According to their sources, even before the recent string of production drama, the movie was scheduled to start filming in March. So the reported January start time was way off base. That is probably a good thing, because given the fact that the movie doesn't currently have a director January would definitely seem like Fox was rushing things a bit.
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 to cast Kyle Chandler, but Ryan Reynolds and Fox weren't on board with the idea. It was also reported that there were two very different versions of the movie on the table and ultimately Tim Miller's vision didn't win out. The disagreement resulted in Miller departing the project and now Fox needs to find a new director. They are also in need of a composer, because Junkie XL also left the project in a show of solidarity with Tim Miller.
The new report didn't note when Deadpool 2 will go into production, but that is probably hard to know at the moment. Once Fox hires a new director, things will probably start to clear up a bit. The current frontrunner appears to be John Wick director David Leitch, but that has yet to be confirmed. There was also a fan petition started in an attempt to get Quentin Tarantino to board the project, but don't hold your breath on that one. Once Fox hires a director, the script can be approved and things can start moving in the right direction.
It seems unfortunate that Tim Miller felt the need to leave the project, considering how hard he worked to help get the first Deadpool made. But most of the original team from Deadpool will be returning. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are once again writing the script and most importantly, Ryan Reynolds will be returning to play the Merc With a Mouth. There is still no release date set for Deadpool 2, but Fox reportedly wants to release the movie in early 2018. That is still possible if they can hire a director soon, but if not, they may have to bump things back a bit.