The search for Deadpool 2‘s new director didn’t last too long.
According to THR, Leitch will indeed be at the helm of the Deadpool sequel. Leitch was apparently being considered alongside directors such as Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods), Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman, Ghost in the Shell) and Magnus Martens (Banshee, Luke Cage), and received the job after a fruitful meeting with star and producer Ryan Reynolds.
Fox is keen to line up the pieces for the continuing Deadpool franchise, moving forward with their search for the helmer of Deadpool 3. There’s no word as to when production on the third film could start or whether writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick will be continuing on as scribes. With Fox already looking for a director, it’s likely the studio is keen to move onto chapter 3 relatively quickly following the sequel’s completion.
It hasn’t been set in stone, but it was recently revealed that Fox was looking at a Deadpool 3 plot that involves the X-Force, originally a revamped version of the 1980s team the New Mutants in the comics.
Before Deadpool 2 hits screens (US release date: March 2, 2018), we’ll see what Leitch can offer up with The Coldest City, his first film as solo director. Starring Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Sofia Boutella and John Goodman, the film is based on the graphic novel by Antony Johnston and tells of an undercover MI6 agent who is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents. The thriller opens in the US on July 28, 2017.