Deadpool fans want Quentin Tarantino to direct its sequel.
Made for an estimated $60 million (£45 million) – small for a superhero movie – this year’s Deadpool went on to gross a massive $780 million (£595 million) worldwide. The sequel is due to start shooting in early 2017.
Following reports that director Tim Miller has pulled out of the sequel, fans are now petitioning for Tarantino to pick up the project.
Though Miller and Ryan Reynolds enjoyed a close relationship while making the original film, sources told The Hollywood Reporter that “creative differences” prompted Miller’s exit from the sequel.
Deadpool 2 currently has no official title or firm release date. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who wrote the original film, are also scripting the sequel.
A Change.org petition is calling for Tarantino to replace Miller. The petition reads: “If there was ever a chance to see Tarantino do a project almost guaranteed to make a billion dollars, this is it. We got a great taste of what this could be like in Kill Bill, but imagine having a guy like Tarantino write dialogue for The Merc with the Mouth! It would be so glorious.”
5,433 people have so far signed the petition (correct at the time of publishing).
Meanwhile, Reynolds and the film’s other producers are reportedly in the process of casting the film’s female lead, popular Marvel mutant Domino.
Numerous actresses have tested for the role according to recent reports, including Sienna Miller, Ruby Rose, Lizzy Caplan and Sofia Boutella.
Producer Simon Kinberg recently said of the sequel: “I think Deadpool 2 will comment on anything that’s happening in movies today especially in superhero movies. The sort of glut or saturation of these movies and the proliferation of sequels is definitely something we’ll play around with.”