John Wick filmmaker to direct Deadpool 2

A scene in Deadpool. (AP)
A scene in Deadpool. (AP)

Los Angeles - David Leitch will direct Deadpool 2.

The John Wick filmmaker has closed a deal to take up directorial duties for the sci-fi sequel after the shocking exit of former director Tim Miller, who dropped out of the project amid "creative differences" with lead star and producer Ryan Reynolds.

Leitch's name reportedly first started circulating last month but producers were keen to meet with other candidates before anything was made public knowledge. Drew Goddard, Rupert Sanders and Mangus Martens were among the other names to be seen by the studio.

However, Leitch emerged victorious and will take on the project. Deadpool 2 has yet to be handed an official title or release date, but is being scripted by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who penned the first movie.

Despite the director drama, producer Simon Kinberg recently gave Marvel fans an insight into what they can expect from the new film, irrespective of who directs it.

He said of the sequel: "I think 'Deadpool 2' will comment on anything that's happening in movies today especially in superhero movies. The sort of glut or saturation of these movies and the proliferation of sequels is definitely something we'll play around with."

Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter states that 'Deadpool 3' is already being planned but with another new director and that storyline will involve the X-Men team, X-Force.