Deadpool 2 has undergone quite a few changes over the past year or s0. The first instalment was a runaway success, but we soon learned that director Tim Miller wouldn’t be returning due to apparent creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds. Since then, John Wick‘s David Leitch has been hired to take over. That’s exciting news for a number of reasons, and we’ve already had a taste of what to expect thanks to the Deadpool 2 teaser above, which he actually took the helm of.
While Miller won’t be back for more R-rated shenanigans, original screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick will be, (though they may be getting some help from Drew Goddard), and in a new interview, the duo weighed in on what it’s been like working with Leitch and their thoughts on what he’s bringing to the table for the highly anticipated follow-up.
“It’s been phenomenal, David has his own, you know, point of view that’s different from Tim’s. He comes into a situation obviously where there already exists a tone and a style, so he’s going to stay pretty close to that, I think. But at the same time, he brings a new approach and it’s enlivened us definitely to try new things and to do things a little bit different from the first Deadpool. Not drastically, but enough that you get the sense that it’s coming from a slightly different team.
We love Tim Miller to death, we also love Dave now. I think you’ll be very satisfied with what we’re cooking up. We are loving our script right now, and the direction that it’s headed. So I think audiences hopefully will be pleased.”
Honestly, that sounds pretty much perfect. A drastic shift in tone in Deadpool 2 would not be welcome, so the fact that Leitch isn’t moving too far away from that is great to hear. Throw in the fact that he’s also bringing something new to the table, though, and it definitely sounds like he’s the right man to take charge of the sequel.
Unfortunately, Deadpool 2 still doesn’t have a release date, but it’s widely suspected that it will start production later this year so it can arrive in 2018. Whether or not that will be the case remains to be seen, but demand for the movie is at an all-time high right now, so here’s hoping the team gets to work on it as soon as possible.