Last month director Tim Miller’s exited Deadpool 2 due to creative differences with actor Ryan Reynolds. Just days after reports emerged that John Wick co-director David Leitch was at the top of a shortlist for potential replacements to helm the sequel to the highest grossing Rated-R film of all time. While no offers had been officially made, Deadline’s sources claimed Leitch was likely to succeed Miller.
It turns out those claims were accurate. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed Leitch has officially signed on to direct Deadpool 2. Leich is no stranger to the world of comic book movies and already has a history with Fox and Wade Wilson. Leich was the action coordinator on X-Men Origins: Wolverine, as well as the second unit director for The Wolverine. Along with his John Wick co-director Chad Stahelski, the two directed the second unit for this year’s Captain America: Civil War which featured some of the film’s most breathtaking actions sequences.
With Leitch in the director’s chair, Deadpool 2 could be a more stylish and thrilling follow-up to the action-comedy. The sequel now has a chance of staying on track with the original timeline for production which has principal photography beginning this spring to in order to make it’s January 12, 2018 release date.