Well, that was quick.
I posted a list of my potential picks for the directing gig just yesterday, but it seems like Ryan Reynolds and Fox already have an idea of who they want to helm Deadpool 2. Jeff Sneider over at Mashable got the news that John Wick co-director David Leitch is the current frontrunner for the job. And while that name might not sound familiar to you, the films he’s worked on before his directorial debut might ring a bell.
Besides currently developing The Coldest City, a spy thriller staring Charlize Theron and James McAvoy, Lietch has done stuntwork for films such as Blade and Fight Club. and recently has moved up to work as a second unit director on recent blockbusters such as The Wolverine and Captain America: Civil War. But he also has a personal relationship with Ryan Reynolds – he was the action coordinator on X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where the two met and (clearly) had a good time working together. This previous working experience between the two is good news for everyone involved after the serious behind-the-scenes drama that went on between Reynolds and the first film’s director, Tim Miller. Hopefully this all works out, because this would be a good replacement.
Deadpool 2 doesn’t currently have a release date, but has been rumored to be track for a 2018 release.