Less than a week after director Tim Miller parted ways with Deadpool 2 over creative differences, the studio is wasting no time in finding his replacement. A new report surfaced today that claims John Wick co-director David Leitch has emerged as the front runner to replace the filmmaker, although the studio and the filmmaker wouldn't respond to comment on the story.
Mashable reports that multiple sources are claiming David Leitch is the front runner to take the reins on this superhero sequel, although an official offer has yet to be made. We've previously reported that star Ryan Reynolds has been given a big raise and more creative control for the sequel, and it seems the actor's talent agency, William Morris Endeavor, has been pushing the studio to hire one of its own clients, with David Leitch at the top of the list. If he does sign on, this won't be the first time working with Ryan Reynolds.
Before making his directorial debut alongside Chad Stahelski on John Wick in 2014, David Leitch served as the action coordinator on X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which introduced Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool. That depiction was the butt of a few jokes in this year's Deadpool, which made fun of the movie for rendering the Merc With the Mouth speechless by sewing his mouth shut. Whoever signs on to direct this sequel, they will have to come to terms with the actor on the casting of one pivotal character.
Shortly after Tim Miller dropped out, reports surfaced that he left because he couldn't see eye to eye with Ryan Reynolds on the casting of Cable. The post-credits scene revealed that Cable, an iconic character from the Marvel Comics, would be featured in the sequel, but Tim Miller reportedly wanted to cast Kyle Chandler as this character. Ryan Reynolds and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick reportedly disagreed, with speculation brewing that they wanted an older actor to play Cable, to line up with this character's portrayal in the comics.
There was also a report that Tim Miller wanted to triple the budget of this sequel and make it a more stylized, effects-heavy movie, while Ryan Reynolds and the writers wanted to stick more closely to the approach used in the original movie, which earned $782.6 million worldwide, from a $58 million budget. We have previously reported that Deadpool 2 is eyeing to start production in early 2017, although an official release date has not been set at this time. After the success of John Wick, which he co-directed with Chad Stahelski, David Leitch went on to direct the upcoming thriller The Coldest City, which is set for release next year, starring Charlize Theron and James McAvoy.