Last weekend, Deadpool director Tim Miller surprised fans, walking away from the sequel over creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds. Now it seems his replacement may have been found.
Mashable is reporting that David Leitch, best known for co-directing the 2014 shoot-em-up John Wick, is the current frontrunner to step into the director’s chair:
Reynolds’ agency, WME, has been pushing the star (and the studio) to hire one of its own clients, and Leitch is at the top of that list, though one individual told Mashable that several other directors remain in the mix. There doesn’t appear to be an official offer on the table yet, but by most accounts, Twentieth Century Fox has found its man.
Those “other directors” in the mix also include The Martian screenwriter Drew Goddard and Luke Cage helmer Magnus Martens, according to Deadline. However, that news outlet also confirm Leitch is the studio’s current favorite.
Leitch spent more than 20 years performing stunts before creating John Wick with his longtime collaborator Chad Stahelski, working on such films as Daredevil, Blade and Fight Club. He also has an impressive resume as second unit director on The Mechanic, Tron: Legacy and The Wolverine, among others.
Better yet, Leitch has a bit of history with Reynolds, serving as the stunt coordinator for X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where the character of Wade Wilson was first introduced (and botched completely). There’s no doubt that he can do the job – it’s just a matter of whether or not Fox is willing to entrust one of their biggest franchises to him.
Deadpool 2 is scheduled to begin shooting early next year for a 2018 release date.
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