First Director, Now Composer Leaves ‘Deadpool 2’

By November 4, 2016


There’s been another casualty in the attempts to make a sequel to this year’s wildly popular hit Deadpool. Tom Holkenborg, who also produces music under the moniker Junkie XL, told fans this week that he has decided not to take on Deadpool 2.

The decision, Holkenborg said, was directly related to the departure of Tim Miller, who he called in a Facebook post a “brilliant creative director,” according to Dark Horizons.

“Tim was the driving force behind Deadpool, and me getting involved in this amazing project. Deadpool without Tim at the helm just does not sit right with me, and that is why I have decided not to be involved in the second chapter.”

Miller made an abrupt exit in mid-October, citing “creative differences” with the film’s star (and producer) Ryan Reynolds.

junkiexl110416Junkie XL started earning credited music writing work with the 1998 Dutch film Siberia. After working on a series of video games, shorts and independent features, Holkenborg was hired by director Noam Murro for 300: Rise of an Empire in 2014. The composer had big shoes to fill there since Tyler Bates’ soundtrack to the 2006 predecessor was critically acclaimed.

That would lead to many more opportunities including DivergentThe Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. He is slated to compose music for Godzilla 2 as well as The Dark Tower, which recently had its premiere date pushed back to July.

“It was a difficult decision, as I love the project so much, and I know how eagerly the next installment will be anticipated. It’s hard to walk away from something so unique, but it also has to feel right.

Before Twentieth Century Fox can think about a composer, however, it needs to hone in on a director with current sights set on David Leitch.

Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the writers behind 2009’s Zombieland as well as the first Deadpool, have returned to write the sequel.

Deadpool 2 is still set for a March 2018 release.

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