Probably one of the biggest superhero surprise this year was this year’s Deadpool. Not only did the movie undo the damage that X-Men Origins: Wolverine did to the character, but it proved that you can make a successful R-Rated superhero movie. The success of Deadpool is mostly due to director Tim Miller, and lead actor Ryan Reynolds. Both worked hard on convincing executives that this movie had legs, and as a result, Fox netted $782.6 million worldwide. It’s no surprise that a sequel was commissioned. Unfortunately, Miller left the sequel due to creative differences and has since then replaced with John Wick director David Leitch.
(*Insert There can be only one joke here) Now that we’ve got that out-of-the-way, Lionsgate and Summit teamed up back in 2008 to acquire the rights to Highlander with plans to reboot the franchise on the big screen. There have been a number of directors attached to the project like Justin Lin, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, but in a move much like the Highlander plot without all the head chopping off, there can be only one. Dammit, we just couldn’t stay away from that joke could we. THR is reporting that John Wick Co-director Chad Stahelski is now in the Highlander center seat. (more…)
The rumors, or wishes depending on your perception have come true! John Wick co-director David Leitch has signed on to the center chair for Deadpool II. (It’s hard not to add something to that title.. like Deadpool II: If It’s Yellow, Let It Mellow, If It’s Brown, Flush It Down.) It’s hard to imagine a better fit, unless Miller had stayed on, but with his departure over differences in the film’s direction, David Leitch is a good fit. John Wick was exactly what Ryan Reynolds and Fox seem determined to bring through in the second Deadpool movie, low-budget, high action, fantastic humor. (more…)
It’s Deadpool 2 creative crisis Day 7, as the production to what may be the year’s most successful superhero is trying to proceed without the man who undoubtedly shares a significant portion of the reason Deadpool was such a success. You’ve undoubtedly heard about the petition to make Quentin Tarantino the director of Deadpool 2, but let’s resign ourselves to the notion that Tarantino is not going to be directing the film; the only time he’s directed material that was not originally his own was Jackie Brown. So having said that, what if we told you that one of the directors of John Wick, one of the most exciting action movies of the last 10 years, was on the short list? In fact, he might be the short list. (more…)