The “Fast and Furious” Spin-Off Director Will Make the Best Movie in the Franchise

Matthew Loffhagen
(Photo: Universal)

Are you a fan of the “Fast and Furious” movie series?

To be honest, it doesn’t really matter – everyone’s going to love the spin-off that’ll focus on Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Shaw.

How can I be so certain of this?

Because the guy who did “John Wick” will be directing.

Having initially been announced as a frontrunner for the position, David Leitch has now officially won the opportunity to direct Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in their buddy action flick. Sounds perfect.

David Leitch is fast becoming the movie industry’s go-to guy for fast, explosive, exhilarating action movies. Having succeeded with “John Wick”, he’s also given us “Atomic Blonde”, and will soon provide the world with “Deadpool 2”.

John Wick Shooting
Source: Summit Entertainment

If there’s one thing this guy knows, it’s action.

This feels like a perfect fit for Johnson and Statham in general, but it’ll work really well with their “Fast and Furious” spin-off.

More Than Another Car Movie

This franchise has gone through many iterations, but the one thing that never really changes is the focus on cars. Many of the action scenes in the series are fairly standard stunts, but with cars, providing the unique twist.

With a spin-off, it’s important to make this new movie feel thematically distinct from the main series, and the way to do that is to focus instead on the kind of rollicking fisticuffs fights that Statham and Johnson have become famous for.

But how to make this feel like something other than a subtraction? What’s the point of a “Fast and Furious” movie if you leave a big, car-shaped hole in the center of the fun?

Apparently, the way to fix this is to get an acclaimed action director to work his magic. Now, instead of feeling like a “Fast and Furious” movie without cars, this film will be a “Fast and Furious” movie with better hand-to-hand fight scenes.

Dwayne Johnson as Hobbs
Source: Universal

It’s genius, and it also means that this could very well end up being the most beautifully choreographed film in the franchise. There won’t be any long, lingering shots of cars on empty highways; instead, we’ll get some gorgeous shots of Dwayne Johnson breaking people’s faces.

It’ll be interesting too see how the movie plays out in practice. Until now, Leitch has always favored a more brutal, gory style of action, and I have no doubt that Paramount will be wanting the Hobbs/Shaw movie to be as bloodless and cartoonish as any mainstream PG13 film.

Somehow, I feel like the removal of blood splatter won’t affect the film’s quality too much. Feel free to think of this as a “Fast and Furious” movie to surpass all that has come before.