With Tim Miller amicably exiting Deadpool 2, shifting his focus to Fox’s Influx, the studio is wasting no time finding a replacement to helm the sequel to this year’s smash hit Deadpool, the highest grossing Rated-R film of all time.
Mashable reports John Wick Co-director David Leich is the current frontrunner in talks to lead the merc with a mouth into his second outing. Leich already has a history with Fox and Wade Wilson as he 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 also directed the second unit for this year’s Captain America: Civil War which featured some of the film’s most breathtaking actions sequences.
With Ryan Reynolds being given more creative control for the sequel, and Leich in the directing chair, it seems like the two could be a perfect fit for what could be a more stylish and thrilling follow-up to the action-comedy, however. Take this all with a grain as no deal has actually been made with Leich and according to Mashable’s source, several other directors are still in the running.
UPDATE: Deadline reports two other directors who are also in talks to take over the directing responsibilities for Miller in Deadpool 2 which includes Drew Goddard and Magnus Martens.
Goddard, most-known for being hired to direct the Sinister Six spin-off of the now cancelled The Amazing Spider-Man franchise at Sony also penned the script for The Martian, directed The Cabin in The Woods, and executive produced both seasons of Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix.
Martens is a relative newcomer who’s directing credits include episodes of Marvel’s Agents of Shield as well as Luke Cage on Netflix.
At this point, no deal has been made, however. Fox will be looking to fill the role fast if they plan to keep the films production on schedule. Even with Goddard and Martens now reported to be in the running — according to Deadlines sources — Leitch is still at the top of the shortlist to helm the project.
Deadpool 2 is currently looking to start filming this spring, slated for release on January 12, 2018.