David Leitch discusses reasons for not returning for Deadpool 3

Director David Leitch helmed the highly successful sequel Deadpool 2but his time with the franchise stopped there when Marvel Studios tapped Shawn Levy to direct the upcoming third entry in the film.

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Spoke to Uproxx recentlyLeitch was asked about his potential role in Deadpool 3 and if there is any specific reason why the director did not return for the much awaited film. According to him, it was a little more of what he had on his plate than anything else.

“It’s probably more of what I do and some circumstances,” Leitch said. “I love all those worlds and they are all precious to me. Starting with John Wick. Chad has taken over that franchise and executed it beautifully. And Deadpool is fantastic. And Atomic blonde, I would love to go back. Looking back, I would love to go back to those worlds, but I think the way it’s worked out for me, or fate has brought me to this place, is that I get new opportunities and they are really amazing, interesting, as well. Now go ahead and do The fall guy with Gosling we are preparing right now.”

But when asked about The fall guy was one of the reasons he did not want to return to Deadpool to Deadpool 3, Leitch said he had talks about the film, but nothing was ever offered to him. He also cited Marvel’s tight windows and strict calendars as a tough obstacle.

“No one. Look, we had conversations about Deadpool 3, but I was just … I also had things in the pipeline,” Leitch said. “And it was never, ‘Hey, do you want to do it or don’t you want to do it?’ or whatever. I think it was more that we knew our dance cards were full on both sides. And we have a window. And Marvel has calendars.”

Even if you don’t know too much Deadpool 3it is now being written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick from an earlier draft of Bob’s Burgers the duo Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Loeglin. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has also previously assured fans that it will remain an R-rated film like the first two films, which would make it the studio’s first film with a mature rating.

It will also serve as the first film in Deadpool film series released after Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox. A release date for the film has not yet been announced.

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The first two Deadpool films are both box office successes as they earned a combined global gross of over $1.5 billion. They were both written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, based on the Marvel character created by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld, with the former directed by Tim Miller and Deadpool 2 directed by David Leitch.

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