#Deadpool. QuentinTarantino. One is a surprise package, a rapid-fire, witty and subversive character who has sent shockwaves through the movie industry, shaking the status quo to its foundation. The other is one is... Well, rapid-fire, witty and subversive.
It's not hard to see why a fan's petition has linked Tarantino to #Deadpool2 following the shock departure of Tim Miller; everything makes sense. It's a match made in heaven. Right? Wrong. Although on the face of it Wade Wilson is the perfect character for the Pulp Fiction director, a peek below the surface illustrates why this would be a bad decision.
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Problems Would Be Enhanced With Tarantino
To start off, #TimMiller left the project over a disagreement with #RyanReynolds over both the casting of Cable, and Miller's vision of a stylized sequel clashing with Reynolds's view that Deadpool 2 should retain the gritty and grounded feel of the original.
Both of these issues will only be enhanced by #Tarantino at the helm. This is a director who is obsessed with style, the finger prints of his cinematic genius are smeared all over each of his projects. In terms of cast, he has actors such as Samuel L. Jackson and Tim Roth on speed dial, which could deprive the likes of Stephen Lang playing Cable.
As well as being full on, Tarantino is a director who wants — and gets — full control. This works, because there's no doubt he is a visionary, and one of the most influential directors of his generation. But a project like Deadpool is different. Ryan Reynolds is Deadpool, in the same way Hugh Jackman is Wolverine. His opinion carries sway, not only within the industry, but with fans too. Having to divide the decision making would stifle Tarantino's creativity, one of the key factors that make him so respected.
A Screenwriter Unchained
Reynolds is one thing, but what about those behind-the-scenes who made the transition from comic panel to film so effortlessly smooth? Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (the "real heroes") had a huge influence over the original, but Tarantino is one of the industry's most innovative writers, having scripted all of the features he's directed (a segment in Sin City being an exception), and would expect the same for Deadpool 2.
On the topic of script writing, Tarantino is also one of the few names in Hollywood who is able to create compelling, original features that are both commercially and critically successful. While some believe the standard has dipped over recent years, there's no denying films like Inglourious Basterds (2009), Django Unchained (2012) and The Hateful Eight (2015) are both unique and distinct from competition.
Plus, imagine if he attempted to mix the Tarantino-Verse and the X-Verse. It'd be more confusing than X-Men's timeline, and probably not something Wade Wilson would handle that well.
With Tarantino's alleged 10 movie limit, it almost seems like a decision to venture into the world of superheroes would be a misdirection of his talents, considering he works best with an entirely blank canvas. There are plenty of up-and-coming directors who could take on the role and thrive; even Reynolds himself may want to take on duty behind the camera. If it works for Ben Affleck and Batman...
It's understandable why these rumors have surfaced. Deadpool and Tarantino appear to be a match made in heaven. However, sometimes, it's best not to judge a comic book by its cover, and accept that sometimes, two rights don't make a successful superhero sequel.