Mashable is reporting that David Leitch, who co-directed Keanu Reeves action flick "John Wick," is the "strong frontrunner" to take the coveted gig. According to the site, Leith and Reynolds share the same talent agency, and that connection propelled the director to the top of the actor's list, though Mashable also notes that "several other directors remain in the mix."
Leitch may not be Quentin Tarantino (who some fans petitioned to land the job), but he's worked with Reynolds-as-Deadpool before (he was the action coordinator for "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," in which Reynolds made his debut as Wade Wilson). The director also previously collaborated with studios Fox and Marvel as a stunt performer, in flicks such as "Blade," "Daredevil," and "Fight Club," eventually working his way up to the second unit director on fellow "X-Men" spinoff property "The Wolverine," as well as "Jurassic World" and "Captain America: Civil War." He made his feature directorial debut on "John Wick" as part of a co-directing team with Chad Stahelski.
Though Mashable's report cautions that no formal deal is place for Leitch yet, Variety is reporting that the gig is all but a done deal for the director. There's been no response from Fox or Marvel yet on either report.
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Wisecracking mercenary Deadpool meets Russell, an angry teenage mutant who lives at an orphanage. When Russell becomes the target of Cable -- a genetically enhanced soldier from the future -- Deadpool realizes that he'll need some help saving the boy from such a superior enemy. He soon joins forces with Bedlam, Shatterstar, Domino and other powerful mutants to protect young Russell from Cable and his advanced weaponry. Read More