5. Joe Carnahan (The A-Team, The Grey)
An easy was to classify Joe Carnahan is ‘Michael Bay with a Brain.’ Sure, he has chops for gritty, brutal action scenes, but it’s his writing that makes him stand out. Smokin’ Aces was full of colorful, comic book-y characters (one of which was played by Ryan Reynolds). The A-Team had some wonderful camaraderie and massive action scenes with a perfectly calculated amount of cheese. Stretch (which you can find on Netflix) is something of a lost masterpiece, telling one of the oddest ‘all in one-night’ stories in quite some time. However, his chops aren’t limited to punchily written action movies. The Grey is a haunting meditation on death with one of Liam Neeson’s best performances. His snarky writing would fit Deadpool like a glove without completely relying on being vulgar, he could bring some depth to keep things grounded, and let’s be honest, we all want to see Deadpool in a gorier version of an action scene like this.
Unfortunately, since he’s currently writing Uncharted and directing Bad Boys For Life, he probably won’t be free in time.