Deadpool 2 director David Leitch has opened up regarding his next project which is the first-ever spin-off of the Fast & Furious franchise.
Leitch is currently promoting the Deadpool sequel, which he took over for Tim Miller, but he’s also preparing to step into the Fast & Furious franchise later this year, with production expected to kick off as early as this September. Franchise breakouts Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham are set to reprise their roles as former Diplomatic Security Service Agent Luke Hobbs and the former British military officer turned mercenary, and in a new interview with Fandango, Letich revealed what drew to take on a Fast film starring the charismatic duo:
“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.”
Plot details remain under wraps, however, the film has been previously said to expand the world of the Fast franchise as it follows Hobbs and Shaw when the duo form an unlikely alliance. Leitch went on to add that he plans to make the spin-off unique from the established film series as he praised both Johnson and Statham:
“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.”
The first-ever Fast & Furious spin-off is currently slated to hit theaters on July 26, 2019, and will be followed by The Fast and the Furious 9 on April 10, 2020.
Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the Fast & Furious franchise as we learn it.
5 Ways To Make The ‘Shazam’ Movie Relatable & Engaging
The DC Extended Universe is set to expand to new heights in the next few years. Not only will we see the Aquaman hit the big screen this year, but we also have exciting movies like Dark Universe and Shazam! coming soon.
Shazam — a.k.a. Captain Marvel, though I doubt DC will ever call him that again — is a perfect character to bring to the big screen. The dark, gritty vibe of the DCEU works for characters like Batman or the Suicide Squad, but Shazam deserves something a bit more bright and lively.
The story of Billy Batson walking into a magical world and gaining both the powers of distinct mythical deities and the appearance of a strong adult, He-Man style, is perfect for the big screen. But, as with a lot of superheroes, the trick is making them relatable, and Shazam, with his magic and transformative powers, could be the trickiest of all.
Click the Next button and shout “Shazam” to find out the five ways I think Warner Bros. can make his movie relatable and engaging.