It’s barely been a week since ‘Deadpool’ director Tim Miller stepped away from the sequel, reportedly due to creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds. If the rumor mill is to be believed, however, the production may already be closing in on his replacement.
Officially, 20th Century Fox has yet to announce a decision or offer any comment on the various rumors that have been swirling in the wake of Miller’s exit. But unofficially? Mashable is reporting that the studio not only has a shortlist of directors under consideration, but also a front runner in the form of David Leitch. Leitch, who is best known for having served as producer and uncredited co-director on the 2014 Keanu Reeves hit ‘John Wick’ (Though both Leitch and Chris Stahelski contributed to directing duties on ‘John Wick’, only Stahelski was credited due to the specific requirements of the Director’s Guild for crediting co-directors.), is represented by the same agency as Reynolds, which according to Mashable has been pushing the actor/producer (and, by extension, the studio) to consider one of their own clients for the job. While no official offer has been made, the Leitch is said to be the first choice for the job.
Before landing in the director’s chair, Leitch primarily worked as a stunt coordinator, with credits ranging from ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ to ‘The Bourne Legacy’. Notably, he has previously worked with Ryan Reynolds for the actor’s first outing as the Merc With the Mouth in the oft-derided ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’. Outside of the ‘X-Men’ films, his comic book movie credits include stunt work on a string of early- and mid-2000s adaptations, including ‘Blade’, ‘300’, ‘Constantine’, ‘V For Vendetta’ and ‘Daredevil’.
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