One of most anticipated films to be released in the future is a Fast and Furious spin-off centering around the characters of Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). The characters’ first interaction was in Furious 7 (2015) and their chemistry grew stronger in last summer’s Fate of the Furious, where both Johnson and Statham reprised their roles.
Since joining the Fast and Furious Franchise in Fast Five (2011), Johnson’s agent Luke Hobbs has been a fan favorite. Only after The Fate of the Furious (2017) was released, Universal Pictures started to work on this project. Universal Pictures have assigned Chris Morgan to write the script and production on the film is expected to begin August 2018.
According to Variety, the top director to helm this spin-off film is John Wick and Deadpool 2 director, David Leitch. Leitch has made a swift transition from being a stunt coordinator to becoming a director.
Leitch, along with Chad Stahelski, made his directorial debut on the 2014 action film, John Wick, which made over $90 million against a $29 million budget and received overall positive reviews from movie critics. Afterwards, he directed the 2017 action spy film, Atomic Blonde starring Charlize Theron, which made $97 million against a $30 million budget. Leitch’s work in Atomic Blonde awarded him the part of director for Deadpool 2, after the initial director dropped from the project.
According to Variety, Leitch has met with Universal Pictures’ studio executives along with Johnson and it looks very promising that Leitch will direct this Fast and Furious spin off.
Universal Pictures is expected to release the untitled Fast and Furious spin-off on July 26th, 2019.