‘John Wick’ Co-Director David Leitch is The Frontrunner to Direct ‘Deadpool 2’

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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.

Potential Directors For ‘Deadpool 2’

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard that Deadpool director Tim Miller has left the upcoming sequel due to creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds. Now, whether the reason for leaving was budgetary reasons or because he and Reynolds had two totally different views for how the sequel should’ve been made (I’ve heard one of the two has a huge ego – guess who that might be), Miller has jumped ship and is now attached to another Fox project, the cyber-crime thriller Influx.

Surprisingly, I’ve seen a lot of people who seem to be okay with the Miller leaving, despite the fact that he was a huge reason for the film’s success this February. Not only did he help find the right tone to make a 4th wall-breaking character like Deadpool work on the big-screen, but the action was rock-solid and Miller himself helped out with the visual effects through his own company to ultimately keep the cost of the film down. Yes, credit should also go to Reynolds and the writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (whose script was hysterical) for helping make the film work as a whole, but losing Miller is a big deal.

Now, everyone at Fox is probably scrambling, trying to figure out who should helm their eccentric sequel. There are some who have suggested either ridiculously lazy picks (Matthew Vaughn) or ones that would never direct a project like this (Quentin Tarantino). So, let’s look at who I think should be considered for the job.

Daniels (Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan)

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You might not recognize the name Daniels, but you may have heard of their film Swiss Army Man, which I think is one of the best films of the year so far. This duo can definitely tackle raunchy humor and not be afraid to take it places that might be pushing the limit, as evident by their earlier works. But one thing that Swiss Army Man showed me (as well as their interactive short Possibilia), was that they could mix the immature fart jokes with genuine moments between the characters they create. Their weird and wild sensibilities would be a great match for Deadpool, and they’ve work in the mainstream market before (they directed the music video for “Turn Down For What” a few years back).

 

Ilya Naishuller

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Probably another name most aren’t familiar with, Naishuller was the man responsible for the chaotic first-person action flick Hardcore Henry earlier this year. Despite the fact that the film didn’t go over with critics, I thoroughly enjoyed it, thanks mostly to it’s innovative camerawork and sheer intensity. The film was bloody, fast-paced and full of colorful characters to move it’s ridiculous plot forward – tell me that doesn’t sound like a great recipe for a Deadpool sequel? Also imagine how awesome a Deadpool POV action sequence would be (something that Naishuller would definitely include if he was given the job).

 

Ruben Fleischer

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This one seems a little too good to be true. Fleischer has not only worked with screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick before on the great horror/comedy Zombieland, but he was also in contention to direct Marvel’s Ant Man a few years back. His stylistic visuals, love for dark humor and experience with studio filmmaking (Gangster Squad) only help matters, even if the latter film left a little to be desired in my opinion. Either way, I could really see this choice becoming a reality very soon.

 

Other potential directors I think would be interesting to see helm the superhero sequel would be Adam Wingard (The Guest), Tarsem Singh (Immortals), Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) and Chad Stahelski (John Wick). Agree? Disagree? Let me know. Deadpool 2 currently does not have a release date, but is rumored to be eying a 2018 release.