Almost a week ago to the day, it was announced that Deadpool director Tim Miller had left the project on the sequel due to “creative differences” with the studio.
It was later rumored that conflict between Miller and star Ryan Reynolds began on the tail-end of the press tour of the first Deadpool. Leading into the development of the sequel.
Rumors suggested that Miller wanted a larger budget (conflicting reports suggest it was Ryan and Fox that wanted a bigger budget/scale) and his desire to cast Kyle Chandler (The Wolf of Wall Street) as Cable in the sequel. Let’s be clear, it’s all gossip at this point and ultimately Fox couldn’t mediate the two parties in the end.
Other creative choices also seemingly led to the parting of the ways, as Fox instead handed Miller the cyberpunk project Infux and are now seeking out a new director for Deadpool 2.
Fans were clamoring for such directors like the very unlikely Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained), who is two films away from retirement and Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs The World) currently in post-production on Baby Driver to take the gig.
Now, Jeff Sneider of Mashable has revealed the frontrunner to take over the directors chair.
David Leitch, best known for co-directing John Wick seems to be up for the gig.
Leitch has branched-off lately from John Wick, with the spy action film The Coldest City starring Mad Max‘s Charlize Theron, X-Men‘s James McAvoy and Kingsman‘s Sofia Boutella.
Boutella (The Mummy, Star Trek Beyond), is being linked for the Domino role in Deadpool 2 and working with the potential director makes her a strong candidate.
His impressive credits as a second unit director include Captain America: Civil War, Jurassic World and The Wolverine.
Not to mention all the various stunt work he’s done for badass films like The Matrix, V For Vendetta and Fight Club.
In other news, Deadpool 2 also has been revealed to have the production title “Love Machine“. This also indicates that the studio is eager to get camera’s rolling on the sequel. Lastly, a shortlist of actresses have been revealed to be up for the part of Domino in the sequel including John Wick 2 actress Ruby Rose and Scott Pilgrim vs The World star Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Production is expected to begin in early 2017 with a release date rumored for 2018.