As we reported previously, “Deadpool” director Tim Miller decided to drop out of the sequel due to creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds. The question then naturally was, who’d take his place?
Well, we have our answer now. The Hollywood Reporter today broke the (good) news that the replacement director will be none other than David Leitch, one half of the directing duo who surprised the heck out of everyone with Keanu Reeves actioner “John Wick”.
Together with Chad Stahelski, Leitch is an experienced 2nd unit director, heads an action choreography studio called 87Eleven Design, and is also an accomplished stuntman in his own right. Their expertise translated exceptionally well, with “John Wick” wowing critics and moviegoers alike with the kickass action set pieces. So with Leitch taking over the reins, we can at least expect the “Deadpool” sequel to up the action stakes. Time will tell if he can play well with Reynolds, who is now being seen as the main creative steward of the franchise.
Speaking of the franchise, 20th Century Fox are pretty optimistic about its future, with plans for “Deadpool 3” already in the works. However, the studio is looking at a different director for the 3rd instalment.
The first movie’s screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are returning to pen the sequel, with Reynolds also serving as producer alongside X-Men franchise caretakers Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner.