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Deadpool is one of the biggest success stories of 2016, but that doesn't mean that it's all sunshine and unicorns for its sequel. Deadpool 2 already lost its director; and while no new director has been announced, Fox might not want to sit on a decision for too long. A website that tracks what's filming in Vancouver has revealed that Deadpool 2 is looking to get started right as the new year begins.
The website What's Filming keeps track of all film and television productions -- both planned and currently filming -- in the city of Vancouver, British Colombia. Among its list of upcoming projects slated to start filming soon, the most notable (aside from Pupstar 2) has to be Deadpool 2. Assuming this list is accurate, then Deadpool 2 is looking at a start date as early as January 2017. That's just two months away, which doesn't give the new director much time to prepare.
If this really is the planned start date for Deadpool 2, it doesn't necessarily spell danger for the anticipated sequel. A new director taking over so close to production doesn't always end horribly. Edgar Wright leaving Ant-Man is probably the best example in recent history. We can argue if Wright's version would have been better for all eternity, but Peyton Reed picked up the pieces and delivered a solid entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While it's true that Reed used storyboards and themes left over from Wright, he added quite a bit of his own spin as well (like the fight with Falcon). There's no reason the same success can't happen with Deadpool 2.
While fans have been excited to see Deadpool tackle the concept of superhero sequels, some were sent into panic mode when Tim Miller left the project, citing creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds and the writers, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Then Junkie XL, the composer of the film, announced his own departure after Miller. 20th Century Fox is currently hunting down a replacement for Miller, with rumors that John Wick's David Leitch is at the top of the list. The Martian's Drew Goddard and Banshee's Magnus Martens have also been rumored as contenders.
Not much is known about Deadpool 2 at the moment. The film will introduce Cable and Domino into the mix, but no actors have been announced just yet. Other than that, we can expect all the insanity and fourth wall breaking that we've come to love from the Merc with a Mouth.
Deadpool 2 is currently aiming for a release date in 2018, so stick with CinemaBlend and we'll keep you updated with new information as it becomes available.