David Leitch is Directing Deadpool 2
Now, fresh off the press, it seems Reynolds and the Deadpool 2 team have found their new director: David Leitch, director of 2014’s action hit John Wick. Let’s hope he loves chimichangas just as much as we do!
Although David Leitch has been filming The Coldest City (starring Charlize Theron as an undercover MI6 agent during the Cold War), he’s still managed to find time to sign a deal to direct Fox’s forthcoming Deadpool 2.
Replacing Tim Miller as director so quickly after he left is good news for everyone that enjoyed Deadpool (which is pretty much everyone in the world) as it means that original time lines for production and shooting can be kept pretty much intact.
While Leitch was favourite to take over when Miller left, other names considered by Fox were: Rupert Sanders, Drew Goddard and Magnus Martens. However, it seems Ryan Reynolds’s star power once again proved pivotal as he met with David Leitch in New York to approve his appointment.
The main issue with Deadpool 2 losing its director is to ensure that it keeps its R-rated humour, 4th wall breaking and high-octane action. As far as action goes, Leitch is well versed in this regard (having rejuvenated Keanu Reeves’s career).
Like Miller on Deadpool, Leitch made his directorial debut co-directing John Wick, having previously been a stunt coordinator. So he follows a long line of first time directors in recent time taking the helm at big budget movies and succeeding.
We also learnt recently that Fox were already planning a Deadpool 3, which would include the X-Force, a team of mutants that are essentially a darker and meaner version of the X-Men. However, Leitch getting that gig is not concrete as Fox are currently looking for a director to head it up.
The X-Force normally includes Deadpool (obviously), Colossus (as seen in Deadpool this year) and additionally fan favourite Cable, Domino and Psylocke (played by Olivia Munn in this years terrible X-Men: Apocalypse).
While replacing Tim Miller, who leaked the SFX for Deadpool to drum up interest, was never going to be easy, I think they may have chosen wisely with the appointment of David Leitch. I for one am looking forward to 2017 to find out.