– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Yesterday afternoon, it was revealed that Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham would be leading a Fast & Furious Hobbs and Shaw spinoff flick. This comes after months of rumors surrounding the pair going off on their own adventure following the events of Fate of the Furious.

Now it sounds like there may be an especially talented director on the list of potentials to take the helm. According to Variety, one of the directors currently on a list of candidates of none other than Shane Black. The black comedy director is perhaps best known for his work on Iron Man 3, but his work also extends to cult hits like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and, more recently, The Nice Guys. Black is currently hard at work on the new Predator film, so who knows if this is even a real possibility — though given the Hobbs and Shaw spinoff isn’t due out until mid-2019, and The Predator is due out next August it’s not outside the realm of possibility that he could make room for it.

But we may have to wait a good while until we know for sure. While Universal has a list of potentials, no meetings will take place until screenwriter Chris Morgan turns in a script. Who knows? Maybe when all said and done, another director will be up for the gig.

That being said, we think Black is an inspired choice for this. His dark, irreverent tone would be a welcome addition to the over-the-top, fun tone the Fast & Furious franchise has since adopted, and could help differentiate this spinoff from its parent franchise.

What do you think of Shane Black potentially directing this film? Let us know your thoughts down below!

The currently-untitled Hobbs and Shaw spinoff is set to hit theaters on July 26, 2019.

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SOURCE: Variety

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.