Most sequels tend to want to go bigger. When it comes to the upcoming Deadpool 2, however, that is not the case, as most everyone involved wants to maintain the same sensibilities of the first film.
That has caused some behind-the-scenes changes, with David Leitch stepping in to direct after Tim Miller left due to creative differences. Such a monumental change could have spelled doom for the upcoming sequel, but screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are quite confident that Leitch is the right director for the job.
IGN spoke to Reese and Wernick about Leitch and the differences between working with him and former director Tim Miller, and whether there was any trepidation that his departure might change the formula too drastically. Thankfully, Reese says it has been a nearly seemless transition, and the two writers expect fans to be pleased with what’s in store for the merc’s next outing.
“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.”
This should be great news for those who enjoyed the first film and were worried about what Miller’s departure meant for the sequel. With Reynolds, Reese, and Wernick back — and Drew Goddard helping out with some scripting — Team Deadpool will be focused on keeping the same level of humor and action that audiences loved about the first film.
Leitch’s style and tone can be seen in the bumper scene shown before Logan. While the crude heroics of Deadpool may not work with the version shown in theaters, the darker color palette is not surprising given his previous work on John Wick. If Reynolds and the screenwriters can crank out the jokes, while Leitch helps crank up the action, Deadpool 2 will likely be another big R-rated hit for Fox.