Ryan Reynolds Action Movie 'Hitman's Bodyguard' Lands New Director (Exclusive)

Jeff Wadlow, who was to have directed the movie, dropped out at the last minute due to a schedule conflict with Netflix.
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Patrick Hughes

Ryan Reynolds’ first movie post-Deadpool hit a snag — and then just as quickly got out of it.

Helmer Jeff Wadlow has exited The Hitman’s Bodyguard, the action thriller from Millennium, the company behind London Has Fallen. He has been been replaced by Patrick Hughes, director of Millennium's The Expendables 3.

The film company is now breathing a little easier in regards to its project, which has Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Selma Hayek and Elodie Yung (Daredevil) on the roll call.

The movie has a start date of April 2, with a shoot that calls for locations in London, Amsterdam and Bulgaria.

Wadlow, who has been in developing the project for years, got caught in a schedule collision, sources told The Hollywood Reporter.

The director is in post on The True Memoirs of an International Assassin, an action comedy starring Kevin James and Genesis Rodriguez, and will be working on that deep into the spring. Netflix exercised its right to keep Wadlow firmly on its project and the helmer had to bow out of Bodyguard.

Millennium then scrambled to find a director. WME-repped Hughes, who also helmed the Australian thriller Red Hill, met Reynolds in New York on Tuesday night and got the gig.

Bodyguard centers on the world's top protection agent (Reynolds) who has a new client: a hitman who wants to turn in evidence. Unfortunately, the two have been on the opposite ends of their scopes for years and are not too happy about the pairing. But now they have to work together as villains come out of the woodwork to stop the hitman from testifying in the Hague.

Mark Gill, John Thompson, Matt O'Toole and Les Weldon are producing. Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman are exec producing.

in addition to WME, Hughes is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners as well as Gang, Tyre.

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