One of the most interesting was John Wick co-director and stunt co-ordinator David Leitch.
The idea of Deadpool and John Wick smashing into something beautiful was a tasty one and now it looks like it may be a reality as word on the educated street is that he’s close to signing on for the Ryan Reynolds starring super/antihero sequel.
And, on top of that, we’re also hearing that FOX are already looking at a new director for the third movie as Leitch won’t be returning.
Interesting… who would you like to see in the seat for the third outing?
In related news, Reynolds has been talking about his journey to Deadpool and how he warned FOX that they were making a mistake with how he was portrayed in X-Men Origins: Wolverine: “At the beginning of that movie, that’s pretty close to Deadpool’s Wade Wilson—we’re in the ballpark with that guy. But it completely departed all canon and reason and he wound up being this abomination of Deadpool that was like Barakapool, with his mouth sewn shut and weird blades that came out of his hands and these strange tattoos and stuff like that.
“If you watch the movie, I’m actually playing only a small section, and another actor, this gifted stunt performer, is doing the lion’s share of that work. The conversation at the time was ‘If you want to play Deadpool, this is your chance to introduce him. And if you don’t want to introduce him in this fashion, we’ll have someone else play him.'”
But Reynolds was so keen to play Deadpool that he hammered on, despite knowing the character was way off: “That movie leaked online a month and a half before it was supposed to be released, and all these people saw it and were so upset about Deadpool. I was in Mexico with some friends, and I was called by the chief of the studio, who said, ‘You have to get on a plane right now. We need to re-shoot the very end of the movie.’ I was such a douche, because I was like, ‘I told you so.'”
He goes on: “I still get angry, because I remember saying, ‘You know, there are more Deadpool fans out there than you realize, and they’re not gonna be happy with this.’ I was met with a plausible reason, which was: ‘We don’t have enough time to develop a proper Deadpool suit and make him the fully realized version of the comic, so we’re going with this.’ But I was like, ‘Then don’t do it at all!'”
After Wolverine made a total mess of Deadpool, it looked like a proper movie version would never happen and when Reynolds was offered Green Lantern, he made one last ditch attempt to get the movie made and, while it failed, the rest, as they say, is history: “I wrote a letter to my executive at Fox saying, ‘I’m gonna take this movie Green Lantern if you guys aren’t gonna make Deadpool. I’m at the altar, about to say ‘I do’ to somebody else, but tell me you want to spend the rest of your life with me, because I want to spend the rest of my life with you.’ And they said, ‘Unfortunately, we can’t green-light that movie, and I don’t think it’s ever going to get green-lit.’ So I was like, Okay, I’m gonna go move on with my life, then, I guess.”
Thankfully Reynolds and Tim Miller believed in the project so much that they filmed a small scene that leaked (ahem) online and eventually got the movie made. Just goes to show, if you’re passionate and driven you might make anything happen.