Following the surprise departure of Tim Miller from Deadpool 2, Fox is undoubtedly scrambling in search of a new director who would be a perfect fit for the Merc with a Mouth. Some fans, naturally, have a suggestion: Quentin Tarantino.
A petition launched Sunday on Change.org saying that the Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, and Hateful Eight director should not only helm the sequel, but also write it.
Carl Champion Jr. is the creator of the petition. He writes:
If there was ever a chance to see Tarantino do a project almost guaranteed to make a billion dollars, this is it,” writes the petition’s creator, Carl Champion Jr. “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.
Given the recent surge in popularity of this petition, I thought it would be a good idea to explain my desire to have this happen a little further. I know that a lot of people will fear this idea for several reasons. I think the most important concern is the fact that Tim Miller left the project over creative differences, and Quentin being Quentin and the creative force that he is, you’d run into the same problem. I absolutely agree with that notion, but I do believe that if [Ryan Reynolds] and Tarantino sat down and discussed their ideas for this sequel, they would love what each other had to say. Another concern that I have heard about this is QT’s penchant for longer movies (I’d love a longer Deadpool), and his blending of genres might get in the way. I don’t agree, consider this, the best superhero movies we’ve seen recently have blended genres beautifully, and in many ways it is exactly what made them so great. Think of The Dark Knight, a crime drama dressed as a superhero movie. Think of Captain America The Winter Soldier, a spy-thriller dressed as a superhero movie, and just to cite one more example look at what Marvel is doing on Netflix. Jessica Jones is basically a noir movie and Luke Cage is a blaxploitation movie, both wildly popular.
Quentin Tarantino is the master of writing dialogue, and Ryan Reynolds is a master of delivering dialogue. Tarantino makes ultra-violent movies where you love the characters, with horrible language, sexy women, and a villain you will NEVER forget. Tell me Marvel doesn’t need another one of those.
As of writing this, he has 1,634 supporters in his corner.
First of all, it has been known that Tarantino would never take on such a project to begin with. There was a hot second that the director did express interest in making a Luke Cage film back in the 90s, but then he stated “If I do a comic book movie, it should be an original character. It should be something I create rather than try to fit in.” Then Tarantino went on to do Pulp Fiction.
If you’ve followed Tarantino’s career at all, he’s all about creating his own story in his own way. Getting pinned down to someone else’s story with someone else’s character isn’t his cup of tea. Can you imagine the amount of fan expectation/criticism/vitriol he would get regardless of what he did? Yeah, Tarantino would undoubtedly have none of that. Furthermore, the director reportedly plans to retire after 10 movies. Why would he book end his career with a superhero franchise that isn’t his?
I, personally, just don’t see this wish being entertained, but stranger things have happened. What do you think? Let know in the comments below!