‘Deadpool 2’ Eyes ‘John Wick’s’ Co-Director
John Wick co-director David Leitch is reportedly the frontrunner to helm the Merc with a Mouth in the highly-anticipated sequel, just one week after director Tim Miller made a surprising exit from Deadpool 2 over creative differences with star/producer Ryan Reynolds.
20th Century Fox is apparently wasting no time in finding his replacement since The Martian scribe Drew Goddard and Norweigian Magnus Martens (Jackpot) were rumored to also be in the running for the directing job as well.
After the success of Keanu Reeves uber-actioner, which he co-directed with Chad Stahelski, Leitch went on to direct the Cold War thriller The Coldest City starring Charlize Theron and James McAvoy.
There was also a report that Miller wanted a budget three times that of the original film and make it something more stylized on the magnitude of the big budget superhero movies, while Reynolds and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick wanted to stick more closely to the approach used in the first film, filled with the spunky attitude and smaller scale action.
Moreover, Miller was rumored to want “Bloodline” star Kyle Chandler in the role of glowering mutant Cable, but Reynolds wasn’t on board.
Deadpool 2 is eyeing to start shooting in the first half of 2017 with a January 2018 release in its sights, although an official release date has not been set at this time.