“Deadpool 2” has found its director in David Leitch, reports confirmed over the weekend.
Several directors were considered following Tim Miller‘s departure from the film over creative differences. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the search for a separate director for “Deadpool 3” is also underway.
Leitch, the co-director of “John Wick,” had consistently been near the top of the list to replace Miller, per THR. His meeting with star and producer Ryan Reynolds last month went well according to multiple sources.
Other directors on the list included Drew Goddard (“The Cabin in the Woods”) and Magnus Martens (“Luke Cage”).
After a series of creative differences between ‘Deadpool’ director Tim Miller and star Ryan Reynolds, Miller has exited ‘Deadpool 2.’ He hadn’t formally signed a deal to continue, but he was developing the script and by all accounts had planned to return behind the camera for a film Fox will release in 2018.
The outlet also notes that the departure was mutual and amicable.
Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who wrote the first film, are reportedly hard at work on the script for the follow-up. Fox is keen on keeping the creative team from the first film intact.
The film, touted as “the first hard-R superhero film,” made a killing at the box office. It broke several records and grossed $782 million worldwide on a $58 million budget. The film is currently sitting pretty with an 84 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
The movie follows Reynolds’ Deadpool/Wade Wilson, a mercenary who’s known for snarky comments and breaking the fourth wall. After an experimental treatment for his deadly form of cancer leaves him completely disfigured (but with accelerated healing powers), he embarks on a mission to find the people who performed the procedures.
Getting the film made was a tedious process for Reese, Wernick and Reynolds, as it first started production in 2004. Due to studio turnarounds, the film didn’t end up starting principal photography until March of last year.
According to THR, “Deadpool 2” is in the “casting stages and is in the middle of testing six actresses for the part of Domino, the project’s new female lead.”
The film will release in theaters Jan. 12, 2018.