The news that Tim Miller had left as director of Deadpool 2 left a lot of fans disappointed. Given the success of his directorial debut, he seemed certain to continue on with the franchise. However, disagreements with star Ryan Reynolds left him no choice but to exit the project. There’s no need to panic, as Fox now have a new man tapped to direct the sequel.
David Leitch was an early frontrunner for the role, and THR are reporting that he’s signed on to Deadpool 2. There aren’t many roles in Hollywood that Leitch can’t do. Across his career, he’s been an actor, stuntman, writer, producer, stunt coordinator and director. That’s quite a lot to put on a resume. On top of those, he co-directed cult action hit John Wick. What many might not know, is that he also worked on this year’s biggest blockbuster, Captain America: Civil War.
While Anthony and Joe Russo directed the Marvel epic, they had help from the directors of John Wick. The Russo brothers asked Chad Stahelski and Leitch for their help in filming and co-ordinating the epic fight scenes. As anyone who has seen that airport battle will know, that was a brilliant move.
Reynolds, along with Deadpool writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick, should ensure there’s just as much humour this time round. Adding an experienced action star and director adds another element to the sequel. While the original had a lot of violence, it could have ramped up the intensity of the action scenes.
Despite just landing Leitch, Fox are apparently targetting a new director for Deadpool 3. However Leitch does with the sequel, it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more of the Merc with a Mouth. With a different director taking on each film, at least we don’t have to worry about seeing a re-hash of the original.
Rumours are that Wade Wilson and co. will return on January 12, 2018.