The Rock & Jason Statham Getting a 'Buddy Movie' in Fast & Furious Spinoff

Deadpool 2 director David Leitch describes the upcoming Fast & Furious spinoff starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jason Statham as a "buddy movie."

In an interview with IGN, the Deadpool 2 and Hobbs and Shaw director likened the upcoming film to movies from the 80s and 90s like Lethal Weapon and 48 Hours.

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"They're [buddy movies] ones that made me want to be a filmmaker in the first place," Leitch said. "So to see the chemistry they [Johnson and Statham] had in the last Fast, and to see the potential that they could be... it was hard not to say yes, and say, let's go do this."

The film will see Johnson's character, Luke Hobbs, and Statham's Deckard Shaw team up, with events spinning out of last year's The Fate of the Furious. The untitled film is set to hit theaters on July 26, 2019.

Leitch is awfully busy these days. Deadpool 2 hit theaters last week and has already broken the record for highest-grossing R-rated film on opening day with $53 million, eclipsing 2017's It. The film sits at an 84 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and is set to push Avengers: Infinity War to the No. 2 spot at the box office this weekend.

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Leitch is also on deck to direct an adaptation of the 2016 video game Tom Clancy's The Division, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain.

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