'Deadpool' Composer Exits Franchise in Show of Solidarity for Director Tim Miller
Another member of the Deadpool team won't be back for the sequel.
Composer Tom Holkenborg, also known as Junkie XL, revealed in a Facebook post Thursday that he will not continue with the franchise following the departure of director Tim Miller. Miller exited the Fox superhero sequel last month over creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds.
Holkenborg says he doesn't feel right being involved with the second chapter now that Miller has left the franchise.
Here's the statement:
It is with a heavy heart that I have decided not to score the upcoming Deadpool movie. I love this character and creating his and the movie's original score was a monumental chapter in my life, personally and professionally.
Since it was revealed that Deadpool's brilliant creative director Tim Miller will not be involved in the project anymore, i have undertaken some soul searching. 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.
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.
Holkenborg's Deadpool score was widely praised by fans, with it marking just one of several high-profile projects he's unveiled in the past 18 months. The Dutch producer recently scored Mad Max: Fury Road, Black Mass, Kill Your Friends, Point Break and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with Hans Zimmer.
Fans unhappy they won't be getting a superhero score from him can take comfort: Holkenborg is working on 2017's Justice League as well as The Dark Tower, the anticipated adaptation of the Stephen King opus.
No director or release date has been set for the Deadpool sequel, but last week John Wick filmmaker David Leitch met with Reynolds about the project. He is considered a frontrunner to land in the director's chair. As for Miller, he is developing a Sonic the Hedgehog movie at Sony.
This article originally appeared in The Hollywood Reporter.