With the Fast & Furious spinoff featuring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham having been recently greenlit, the film has now found its director in the form of Deadpool 2 director David Leitch. Leitch has been the top pick to helm the film for quite some time, as his work on John Wick and Atomic Blonde served as showcases for highly choreographed and intense action sequences. Therefore, he has proven himself to be a desirable candidate when it comes to staging high-octane action the likes of which have been a major component of the Fast & Furious franchise.
In addition to directing several action movies prior to this, Leitch has had years of experience as a stunt coordinator and a stunt double. This will allow him to have a hands-on approach to staging fight scenes for the film. He will be directing from a script by series regular Chris Morgan, who has done screenplays for each installment since Tokyo Drift.
The spinoff does not have a confirmed title at the moment, though some rumors have revealed it to be called Hobbs and Shaw, named after the characters that Johnson and Statham play. Considering that Leitch’s films have featured a standout action setpiece, it will be interesting what he will bring to the table for this newest entry in the series.
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– Mark Tan
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The Fast & Furious spinoff is scheduled for release on July 26, 2019.