David Leitch Confirmed to Direct ‘Deadpool 2’

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.

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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.

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Ryan Reynolds Responds to Tim Miller’s Exit from ‘Deadpool 2’

Actor Ryan Reynolds has had quite the year. After realizing his 11-year dream with the release of Deadpool, the comedic superhero outing became the highest grossing R-Rated film of all time. Now Reynolds has been named GQ’s 2016 Man of the Year.

Reynolds has stayed out of the spotlight since the news of director Tim Miller’s exit from Deadpool 2 broke. Inside sources cited the reason for his exit as creative differences, suggesting that Reynolds clashed with the director on his choice for the casting of Cable with actor Kyle Chandler. Reynolds wasn’t having it leading it to the departure of Miller from the sequel.

In an interview with GQ, Reynolds offered a very classy reaction to the unfortunate loss of Miller:

All I can really add is that I’m sad to see him off the film. Tim’s brilliant and nobody worked harder on Deadpool than he did.

But when discussing the challenges of the filmmaking process behind Deadpool, Reynolds offered further insight for what may have contributed to Miller’s exit from the sequel.

Making the movie was very, very difficult. It was the most passionate group of individuals I’ve ever worked with in my life. And for whatever reason, that mercurial crazy burgoo of people is what made this thing work so well, not just because I had this vision and I saw it this way and it had to be this way. It worked because we all had that feeling. But there were vaguely scary fights in the post-production process that escalated quickly. Luckily, everybody’s grown up and at the end of the day enjoys and loves each other.I know when I need to exert control, and I know when I need to let go of it. I’m not gonna go and sit with Tim Miller and say, “The visual effects of Deadpool need to be done this way.” The man is a visual-effects wizard. But there are character and tone things that I know really well. And I’ve also been with this thing the longest out of anybody, aside from the guys that wrote the comics. Eleven years I’ve been trying to get this Sisyphus rock up the hill, and it kept rolling back on top of me. So I’m gonna be all the fuck over it from the moment it starts to the moment it finishes.

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Fox has yet to sign a new director to helm the next outing with Deadpool but that isn’t stopping them from moving full steam ahead on development of the franchise. According to The Hollywood Reporter, if all goes well, the X-Force team will be featured alongside the merc with a mouth in the inevitable Deadpool 3.

Mashable reported John Wick Co-director David Leich is currently at the top of a shortlist as the frontrunner to helm Deadpool 2 along with Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) and television director Magnus Martens (Agents of Shield, Luke Cage).

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, so it would make sense for Leich to land the gig being that he presents the least amount of risk for the studio.

Deadpool 2 is currently slated for a January 12, 2018 release date but it seems likely it’s going to be pushed back by a few months. The production was set to get underway in early 2018 but until a director is signed, things will remain up in the air.

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‘Deadpool 3’ Will Have X-Force

The sequel to Deadpool, the highest grossing Rated-R film is currently in flux after Tim Miller’s unfortunate exit due to creative differences on the project, however. That is not stopping Fox from moving full steam ahead with the development of the franchise.

The sequel to Deadpool, the highest grossing Rated-R film is currently in flux after Tim Miller’s unfortunate exit due to creative differences on the project, however. That is not stopping Fox from moving full steam ahead with the development of the franchise.

An X-Force film has been in development hell for quite some time now. But it seems Fox finally has a plan to realize the dreams of fans of the more aggressive X-Men team. According to The Hollywood Reporter, if all goes well, which it should, the X-Force team will be featured alongside the merc with a mouth in the inevitable Deadpool 3.

At this point, there’s no way of telling when all of this will come to fruition. Deadpool 2 is currently slated for a January 12, 2018 release date but it seems likely it’s going to be pushed back by a few months. The production was set to get underway in early 2018 but until a director is signed, things will remain up in the air.

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SOURCE: THR

‘John Wick’ Co-Director May Direct ‘Deadpool 2’ (Updated)

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.

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.

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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.

SOURCES: MASHABLE, DEADLINE

‘Deadpool 2’ Drama: Ami-Cable Split?

Director Tim Miller parted ways with the rest of his former collaborators on the ‘Deadpool 2’ movie Friday, with the term ‘creative differences’ used as the core cause of his exodus.

Director Tim Miller parted ways with the rest of his former collaborators on the ‘Deadpool 2’ movie Friday, with the term ‘creative differences’ used as the core cause of his exodus.

According to The Wrap, it seems that the film’s leading actor and producer Ryan Reynolds, who renegotiated his deal with Fox in the time since the first Deadpool           installment to include casting and “other creative controls,” had a different vision in a few key areas; the casting of long-time fan favorite Cable was possibly the main cause of the lack of resolution between the two.  It seems that Miller was exploring the option of casting actor Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights, Bloodline), and Reynolds was just not having it.

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Any actor chosen for the role would ideally have some sort of chemistry with Cable’s ally with benefits, Domino (currently casting with a shortlist in tow), but there are still a lot of variables to mull over in that dilemma. I think Kyle Chandler is an incredible actor, but do I see him as Cable, the time-tumbling prodigal Summers son? Not really. I’m more on Reynolds’ side there. I’ve heard actor Stephen Lang‘s name being fervishly tossed around as a candidate, but I’m not sure how I feel about that quite yet, either. I’m sure we’ll get a lot of great contenders including him for the role as I’d love to see it done right. Crossing my fingers, and feeling confident putting my faith in Mr. Reynolds, as usual.

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SOURCES: THE WRAPSCREENRANT

‘Deadpool 2’: Tim Miller Bows Out

Creative differences should be on the radar of pretty much any writing team as that thing you say when there’s nothing else to say, and listed as ‘that other silent killer.’ According to a Deadline Hollywood exclusive, Director Tim Miller has amicably stepped away from the upcoming ‘Deadpool 2,’ due to these aforementioned ‘creative differences’ between him and the film’s star and producer, Ryan Reynolds.

Creative differences should be on the radar of pretty much any writing team as that thing you say when there’s nothing else to say, and listed as ‘that other silent killer.’ According to Deadline, Director Tim Miller has amicably stepped away from the upcoming ‘Deadpool 2,’ due to these aforementioned ‘creative differences’ between him and the film’s star and producer, Ryan Reynolds. This news no doubt will make fans of the first Deadpool outing writhe in their collective seats a little (myself included), as the tone and delivery of the film’s cinematic feel and action was perhaps just eerily glorious.

Miller has been re-delegated by Fox to’Influx’ based off the David Suarez novel that will feature a Mark Bombek script, and is slated for a 2018 release.

Having been with Deadpool posse Ryan Reynolds, Rhett Reese,  and Paul Wernick since his 2011, it’s sad to see Miller go, but the days of future forward look promising for all those involved.

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SOURCE: DEADLINE

Ryan Reynolds’ “Very Special” Relationship with Deadpool

When I think of truly championing a project, I’d like to envision putting myself between my main character, and anyone that could compromise the integrity of his or her original voice. I’d love to think I would negotiate fiendishly to defend the authenticity of the character’s honor. Their likes and dislikes would be categorized. I’d be ready to dive into the trenches for them, for as long as it might take. Actor Ryan Reynolds has been such a champion for our beloved merc-with-a-mouth, Deadpool for a decade, and it hasn’t been an easy romp in the park.

When I think of truly championing a project, I’d like to envision putting myself between my main character, and anyone that could compromise the integrity of his or her original voice. I’d love to think I would negotiate fiendishly to defend the authenticity of the character’s honor. Their likes and dislikes would be categorized. I’d be ready to dive into the trenches for them, for as long as it might take. Actor Ryan Reynolds has been such a champion for our beloved merc-with-a-mouth, Deadpool for the better part of a decade, and it hasn’t been an easy romp in the park.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Mr. Reynolds spoke about his casual to intimate relationship with the character, who’s R-Rated lifestyle hadn’t always been the ideal reel deal for unconvinced studio execs:

Deadpool is probably the most unpolished superhero out there, and it gave us this almost unfair advantage. We used this opportunity over and over because we had a character that is a total misfit and f—ing rascal. I can channel this guy in a way I just can’t seem to channel anything else. When it comes to Deadpool’s sensibility, and certainly his sense of humor, I feel like we were born on the same end of the spectrum.”

After a bit of test footage shot by director Tim Miller was leaked to the hungry jaws of the internet, Deadpool was green lit with shocking speed, and no one was more satisfied with that outcome than Reynolds himself. With a polite $60 million dollar budget as fashioned by Fox, he and fellow writers Rhett Reese, and Paul Wernick delivered an enormously successful, honest-to-merc version of the saucy, ‘tude toting Deadpool, and now look forward to the next chapter of his story as ‘Deadpool 2’ is currently casting and set for a 2017 release.

“There’s no one like him. He has a mercenary way of looking at things, and there’s a humor and darkness to his personality that allows you to take him to places that no other superhero character could enter. It’s a dream to be able to take on this role and push the envelope.”

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SOURCE: THR, OBSERVER CULTURE