“John Wick” co-director David Leitch is reportedly the strong frontrunner to direct 20th Century Fox’s “Deadpool” sequel in the wake of the departure of returning director Tim Miller.
Jeff Sneider broke the story for Mashable, following it up with a tweet that pretty much cements its validity: “Not one source. Not two sources. FIVE. Expect the trades to throw in some red herrings tomorrow, but it SOUNDS LIKE Fox/Ryan have their man.”
Representatives for 20th Century Fox and Leitch did not immediately respond to after-hours requests for comment. Miller departed the project last weekend over creative differences with leading man/producer Ryan Reynolds with reported clashes over casting, budget and other issues.
The site says there doesn’t appear to be an official offer on the table yet. Leitch previously worked with Reynolds when he was action co-ordinator on “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and has been Brad Pitt’s stunt double on several occasions.
He has worked with Fox and Marvel before on “Blade” and “Daredevil” in a stunt capacity, and served as second unit director on films like “Captain America: Civil War,” “Jurassic World” and “The Wolverine”.
Leitch bowed out of directing the “John Wick” sequel with the first film’s co-director Chad Stahelski going solo on it, but Leitch remains heavily involved in that film as well as having just directed the Charlize Theron-led “The Coldest City”. He remains attached to the Chris Pratt-led “Cowboy Ninja Viking” and the comic adaptation “Bloodshot” – both of which won’t be ready to shoot before “Deadpool 2” is well into production.