John Wick has certainly done well for its two directors. Credited director Chad Stahelski has gone on to helm the sequels and is also attached to the Highlander reboot. Its uncredited director, David Leitch, has done Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2, and is soon headed to the Fast & Furious world with the anticipated, currently-untitled Hobbs and Shaw spinoff, starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.
This means that Leitch is now involved in no less than three pretty high-profile franchises (and who knows if Atomic Blonde may spawn its own little world?), which ain’t so bad for a relatively new action director. But what made him decide to take on something as big as a Fast & Furious spinoff starring one of Hollywood’s biggest stars? Here’s what the director told Fandango.
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“Look, I’m just so grateful to be involved in both of these franchises. It’s been an incredible experience working with Ryan on Deadpool, and it’s actually been really fun starting to press this movie with Dwayne and Jason. I couldn’t be happier. I have done quite a few movies with Jason as a second unit director and a choreographer. I know him really well. I think what attracted me to that franchise is they really want to do something different. They understood that I wanted to sort of evolve their world, outside of the Fast world, and give it its own imprint. Obviously, like we did with Deadpool, you’re expanding, you’re evolving, but you’re still being true to the DNA and the core of the characters that people love. I love that challenge, and doing it with Dwayne and Jason is like a dream. Those guys are hardworking, talented actors.”
Evolution of a franchise is certainly important. Deadpool 2 seems to be going through a real evolution of its own, with it seemingly being filled to the brim with action — in addition to the off-the-wall humor that made the first one so popular. Fast & Furious is no stranger to the concept itself, with its first three films in no way resembling what the series would ultimately become.
What do you think of Leitch’s comments? Are you excited to see what he brings to Hobbs and Shaw? Let us know your thoughts down below!
Hobbs and Shaw hits theaters on July 26, 2019!
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