With a 70% chance that Deadpool 3 will start shooting next year – according to Ryan Reynolds – it will only be a matter of time before the much-anticipated sequel names a director. The first film was directed by Tim Miller with David Leitch taking over for the sequel, but it’s not clear just who will take the helm of the third film, which will be the first produced under the Disney banner.
Ryan Reynolds will soon be seen in Free Guy, an action-comedy directed by Shawn Levy, and it’s possible that Levy might just be taking over the ol’ merc with a mouth as well. There have been rumours that Levy could turn out to be the director of Deadpool 3, and Inverse asked him whether there was any truth to it and if he was interested in working with Marvel.
I’m going to mostly skirt that question, which might be an answer. But I’ll answer the last part of it, which is: I’m a fan. I’m a fan of Deadpool, like a massive fan. And I’m a fan of the Marvel Universe and the way in which increasingly, individual filmmakers of real note can make and express with their own voice and vision through that franchise behemoth, whether it’s what Taika did with Ragnarok, what Eternals is going to be, what James Gunn did with Guardians. These are real films that also happen to be Marvel movies. So for the right title — because I only raised my hand on stuff where I know what to do with that, and there’s a few where I feel I know what to do with that. So we’ll see.
I certainly wouldn’t be opposed to Shawn Levy taking on Deadpool 3, especially as he seems to enjoy a very good working relationship with Ryan Reynolds. In addition to Free Guy, Levy teamed up with Reynolds once again for The Adam Project, a sci-fi film dropping on Netflix next year that finds Reynolds starring as a man who travels back in time to get help from his younger self to confront their late father. Free Guy will debut in theaters on August 13th, so be sure to check out a review from our own Chris Bumbray right here.