Two weeks ago, Tim Miller, director of the widely acclaimed and successful superhero film “Deadpool,” exited the sequel following creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds. Though the studio is now looking for a new director to replace Miller, another member of the original crew has dropped out of the sequel as well. Composer Tom Holkenborg, better known as Junkie XL, has left the project in solidarity with Miller, saying that “‘Deadpool’ without Tim at the helm just doesn’t sit right with me. Read his full Facebook post below.
In the post, Holkenborg said that though he loves the character and “creating his and the movie’s original score was a monumental chapter in my life, personally and professionally,” he was forced to undertake some soul searching after “brilliant creative director Tim Miller” left the project. He said that Miller “was the driving force behind ‘Deadpool’ and [him] getting involved” in the film. He concludes by saying that while “it’s hard to walk away from something so unique,” doing it “also has to feel right.”
Junkie XL has composed many recent film scores, including for George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Jaume Collet-Serra’s “Run All Night” and Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” with Hans Zimmer. He has also released six electronica albums and has had his music featured in numerous ad campaigns for brands like Nike and Adidas.