If the John Wick movie franchise can get a TV show spinoff, so to can Fast & Furious. At least, that's what Hobbs & Shaw director David Leitch (Deadpool 2, John Wick) told us last week. And it's him and his stunt teams at 87eleven Action Design and production company 87North involved with both franchises now.
In promoting Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw releasing on on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand this week, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment invited Screen Rant to London to drive the same supercar Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) drove in the movie, a McLaren 720S, and while visiting McLaren HQ I had the opportunity to catch up with Leitch, who just earlier this year signed a first-look deal with Universal Pictures for 87North where he hopes to not only continue building out and launching new action franchises, but to also delve into all-new genres.
Leitch and his partner Chad Stahelski helped launch the John Wick franchise and are now producing its television spinoff, The Continental, and with the Fast franchise similarly already expanding with Hobbs & Shaw, I asked Leitch if the car-heavy IP could also work on the small screen in live-action (it's already getting an animated series on Netflix titled Fast & Furious: Spy Racers).
Rob Keyes: I was looking into your production company, 87North, and I know you guys are doing the John Wick spinoff show. Do you think a TV series like that would work for the Fast and Furious franchise?
David Leitch: Yeah! I think that they should look into it. Again, there's such a great number of characters in the Fast universe. But now with Hobbs and Shaw, could you imagine Madame M, Eiza González's character, having a TV show with her group of female assassins? It would be amazing.
The director, who has The Division movie coming up for Ubisoft Film & Television and Netflix, can certainly be the one to make this happen too. We already know there are plans to continue expanding the Fast & Furious IP, including with a likely followup to Hobbs & Shaw, and with more and more new characters joining the "family" - there's room for some to get more screentime in a longer-form (live-action) TV series too.
What would you want to see from a Fast & Furious TV show and what characters could or should appear?
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is available on Digital, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand.