Ryan Reynolds Talks 'Deadpool 2' Director, David Leitch, Hugh Jackman, And More

If you saw this year's Deadpool film, which by looking at the film's box office results a lot of people went to see it, you would've seen the Merc with the Mouth break the fourth wall and talk about a few things, one of them being Hugh Jackman. Of course Jackman, having played Wolverine for more than fifteen years, has been a crucial part of the X-Men franchise so having references in the Deadpool film would be a given.

While the character of Wade Wilson made some comments here and there about Jackman that might seem to mock, the star of the film, Ryan Reynolds is the opposite and wishes to work with Jackman. "I want Deapdool and Wolverine in a movie together,” said Reynolds talking to EW. “What we’re gonna have to do is convince Hugh. If anything, I’m going to need to do what I can to get my internet friends back on board to help rally another cause down the line.”

Reynolds added, “Hugh Jackman is one of the best human beings. Part of the reason I want to do a Deadpool/Wolverine movie is not just because I think the two would light the screen on fire but I genuinely love the guy.”

Now while a Deadpool/Wolverine film is something that could happen in the near future, some how, given that Jackman is leaving the character next year in Logan, there is the sequel of Deadpool to look out first. Which it seems is steadily being worked on.

“We’re just in the development stage but we’re about to move into production,” Reynolds explained. Reynolds confirmed that him and his team for the sequel are currently casting for Cable and are "looking at” telekinetic female merc Domino as another character for the sequel.

But it has not being all in the clear, in regards to the film's production as the initial director, Tim Miller, left due to the pesky thing of "creative differences" but the departure was a gloomy one and Reynolds told EW, “There is not a human being on earth that worked harder on Deadpool than Tim. He’s an incredibly, incredibly talented director.”

So they lost Miller, but they found a new director in the form of John Wick director, David Leitch, who seems to have an inspired choice for the sequel.

“Everybody was just a fan of his work,” says Reynolds. “He’s just a guy who’s so muscular with his action. He also really understands those Deadpool sensibilities and where we need to take the franchise from here. And I love John Wick. One of the things that David Leitch does that very few filmmakers can do these days is they can make a movie on an ultra tight minimal budget look like it was shot for 10-15 times what it cost.” 

So they are definitely moving on ahead with making the sequel, but this time in the hope of going against the grain of sequels and make it the same size as the first film. “The goal for us when we sat down and started talking about it was it needs to be as provocative and startling as the first film which means it can’t just be a continuation of the first film,” says producer Simon Kinberg whose work includes X-Men: Apocalypse. “It has tonally and stylistically be as fresh and original. That’s a big challenge especially because they had 10 years to gestate on the first movie and we don’t have that kind of time on the second movie. That’s the biggest mandate going into on the second film: to not make it bigger. We have to resist the temptation to make it bigger in scale and scope, which is normally what you do when you have a surprise hit movie. But actually stay true to the tenets of it’s the tone and the style and the humour that make it so special — it’s not the explosions and the special effects.” 

Source: EW - EW

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