David Leitch is likely best known for the uncredited half of the directing duo that gave us John Wick, he then went on to direct a string of action films such as Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2, and this summer’s Hobbs and Shaw. The latter film is at Universal Pictures, and according to Variety the studio very much wants to stay in the David Leitch business.
They’ve just signed Leitch to a first-look deal, which could mean that he’ll be involved with many upcoming studio action films and also help bring new ideas/filmmakers to them as well.
Universal Pictures is signing David Leitch, his longtime producing partner, Kelly McCormick and their recently founded 87North Production banner to a first-look production deal.
Even though the production was the biggest of Leitch’s career, sources say the smooth shoot helped convince Universal to approach Leitch and McCormick about a deal that would keep them and the newly formed company in the Universal family for the foreseeable future.
This sounds like David may have a hand in future Fast and Furious spin-offs along with other action genre projects at Universal.
It’s interesting what will come of the deal since he’s expected to direct the action horror feature film Undying Love later this year as his next project, which is based on the comic book of the same name. Leitch is also attached to direct Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain in a feature film adaption of the Ubisoft video game The Division, that announced was made a year ago this month.
Universal and 87North will work together for the action thriller Nobody starring Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul) that was written by John Wick creator Derek Kolstad, the studio has acquired the rights to the project from STX. It’s expected to be more of a mature affair and could certainly tap into the success Kolstad had with the John Wick franchise.
Paramount Pictures has been increasingly successful with their action film lineup, perhaps, Universal feels like they can also compete there as well. Nothing wrong with more well-made action films being developed at studios and having people who know how they should look behind them.
Leitch’s Hobbs and Shaw will be released on August 2nd.