Ever since Tim Miller's #Deadpool cracked open the superhero genre earlier this year (and made money faster than 20th Century Fox could set it on fire), every snippet of news regarding the hotly anticipated sequel has been snapped up faster than an eHarmony date with destiny.
After the critical and commercial loving of Deadpool, it was pretty much settled from the beginning that #TimMiller would return to direct Deadpool 2. Which is why it was such a surprise when Miller walked on the sequel, citing creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds.
While it's still unsure exactly what the problem was, rumors point to arguments over the budget and scale of the movie. The Wrap reports that Miller wanted to create a big-budget blockbuster in the vein of the #MarvelCinematicUniverse and the #DCExtendedUniverse, while Reynolds and the Deadpool 2 screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick wanted to keep it toned down, in the spirit of the original movie.
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Regardless of the why, ever since Miller's departure the Fox-Marvel fandom has been alight with speculation about who would come on board to replace Miller. Names as large as Quentin Tarantino have been thrown about, and now we finally have a solid answer.
Say Hello To David Leitch
David Leitch is a name that has been thrown around ever since Miller left Deadpool 2, with the John Wick co-director heralded as a favorite to replace the Deadpool director. And now, according to a new report from The Hollywood Reporter, he's officially been brought on board by Fox to helm Deadpool 2, beating out Rupert Sanders, Drew Goddard and Magnus Martens for the gig.
Leitch is a really interesting choice for the sequel. As a director he's not all that seasoned, his credits reel limited to being an uncredited co-director on #JohnWick and director of the upcoming The Coldest City. But his background is largely based in stunt work, as co-creator of stunt company 87eleven, which bodes well for the physicality of Deadpool in the upcoming movie.
One of the great things about Deadpool was the carefully crafted and choreographed fight scenes — especially that incredible opening "freeze-frame" credits sequence — so it will be interesting to see how the sequel plays out in Leitch's hands.
But that's not all — The Hollywood Reporter also claims that Leitch will only be around for one movie. According to the report, Fox continues searching for another director to pop in the driving seat for Deadpool 3.
This is interesting, as it supports the fact that the studio isn't interested in having the Deadpool franchise come together under one creative banner. Regardless of the success of Deadpool 2, it seems like they'll be looking to hand the reins off to another director for the third installment.
With a franchise as character driven as Deadpool, it's not that much of a surprise. But it does mean that we could see a very different take on the Merc with the Mouth when Deadpool 2 rolls around, but at least Reynolds and the screenwriters will be there to make sure the character remains that which we know, love, and are occasionally mildly disgusted by.
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