John Wick‘s David Leitch On Board to Direct Deadpool 2

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Less than a month after news broke that Tim Miller would not be returning to direct Deadpool 2 despite heavy involvement with the sequel in its early stages, the project has already brought on his replacement. David Leitch, who co-directed 2014’s John Wick, was confirmed as having signed on to the project yesterday evening.

Miller’s departure was confirmed as a result of the Deadpool director disagreeing with star Ryan Reynolds over which direction to take the sequel in; according to sources, Miller wanted to go for more of a big-budget movie this time around, while Reynolds was in favor of sticking to a “scrappier” take with the type of raunchy comedy that permeated throughout the first movie.

However, if you’ve managed to get around to seeing John Wick, then you’ll understand why we’re excited about this news. One of the more thrilling aspects of the first Deadpool film were the intense stunts that still managed to throw in some of Wade Wilson’s trademark humor–and as co-director on John Wick, David Leitch brought in his previous experience as a stuntman and stunt coordinator in working on the movie.

Deadpool 2 doesn’t have a release date yet, but at least we can rest secure in the knowledge that this thing is officially moving forward.

(via Deadline)

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