James Cameron had already suggested there were some “bloody creative battles” with director Tim Miller during the making of Terminator: Dark Fate, with the franchise creator heavily involved with stamping his vision on the project in both the writing and post-production stages – so much so in fact that Miller has revealed he has no interest in working in that kind of situation again.
“No, but it has nothing to do with whatever trauma I have from the experience, it’s more that I just don’t want to be in a situation again where I don’t have the control to do what I think is right,” Miller told KCRW’s Kim Masters when asked if he’d be open to working with Cameron again. “Even though Jim is a producer and David Ellison is a producer and they technically have final cut and ultimate power, my name is still on it as director. Even if I’m going to lose the fight … I still feel this obligation to fight because that is what the director is supposed to do. Fight for the movie.”
Miller then went on to reveal that this lack of control was also what ultimately led to his exit from Deadpool 2: “It became clear that Ryan Reynolds wanted to be in control of the franchise. You can work that way as a director, quite successfully, but I can’t. I don’t mind having a debate, but if I can’t win, I don’t want to play. And I don’t think you can negotiate every creative decision, there’s too many to make. So Ryan’s the face of the franchise, and he was the most important component of that, by far. So if he decides he wants to control it, then he’s going to control it.”
Although Miller has no desire to work with Cameron again, he did reveal that the two are still on speaking terms, adding that: “I just got an email last week from Jim, who said, ‘I know we clashed a little bit. I put it all down to two strong, creative people with differences of opinion and I think it made the movie better. I’ll be back in L.A. in December. Let’s go get a beer.”
As yet, there’s no word as to what Miller is lining up as his next directorial project, although he is serving as executive producer on the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, which is set for release in February 2020.