It looks like the next entry in the “Fast and Furious” franchise, centered around The People’s Champion, Dwayne The Rock Johnson and just-Jason Statham may have found its director.
According to Variety, “John Wick”, “Atomic Blonde” and “Deadpool 2” helmer David Leitch is the top pick to direct the movie. This currently untitled Fast and Furious movie will not be part of the main saga — hallelujah — and will instead be a spinoff. “Hobbs and Shaw: A Fast and Furious Story” maybe?
For the longest time now, Universal has tried to spin-off The Rock’s character, because he’s literally why people still watch these movies. With the arrival of Statham, Universal will not get the chance to make a Hobbs and Shaw team up movie, although it would make absolutely no sense, considering Shaw actually murdered Han (Sung Kang) in the third/sixth installment of the franchise.
But who gives a shit about sense, when we can see The Rock and Jason Statham beat the crap out of bad guys for two hours straight, especially considering the man behind the camera. Say what you want about David Leitch’s storytelling, the man can sure as hell direct action. Here’s to hoping that this Fast and Furious spinoff will consist of 0% family nonsense and 100% ass-kicking.
The Fast and Furious spinoff is set to hit theaters on July 26, 2019.