Film directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch are all set to collaborate for more upcoming projects. In an interview, Leitch talked about his new film Hobbs & Shaw (out now in cinemas nationwide) and his long-time friendship with fellow filmmaker Stahelski.
According to Leitch:
“There’s always talk of what we can do together and how we can be partnering up. I think what’s happened with our careers is really great. It’s not unlike what happened with our second unit careers. We started to direct second unit together, and then the opportunities just got so big that we split up and did our own things.”
Stahelski’s rose to fame started when he worked as the stunt double of the late Brandon Lee. Lee is the son of martial artist Bruce Lee, who unfortunately passed away during a tragic accident in The Crow‘s production. On the other hand, Leitch began his career as a stuntman in the 90s, which paved the way for him to appear on films such as Blade and Fight Club.
Stahelski worked as Keanu Reeves’ stunt double in The Matrix movie. Leitch also joined the crew for two of its installments. The stunt duo collaborated again for the 2009 feature Ninja Assassin with Lana and Lilly Wachowski. Both of them contributed as stunt coordinators and second-unit directors. Leitch and Stahelski reunited again with Reeves for the 2014 John Wick movie, this time as co-directors.
This year, Stahelski released the third installment for the John Wick franchise, entitled Chapter 3—Parabellum. The movie budget production ranges at $75 million and garnered quadruple of its budget with $319 million at the box office.
In the 2016 Marvel movie Captain America: Civil War, Leitch and Stahelski helped in the stunt direction as per request of directors Anthony and Joe Russo. In Deadpool 2, Stahelski served as part of Leitch’s stunt crew. In the past, Leitch worked as Brad Pitt’s stunt double in several films. He also assisted as the fight choreographer for some action scenes in Hitman: Agent 47 and the stunt coordinator in the movie Jupiter Ascending.
In a span of 20 years, Leitch and Stahelski have established themselves as the hard-to-beat duo. The launch of John Wick franchise allowed both of them to work for bigger projects. Whether it’s another John Wick installment or a Marvel Cinematic Universe film, we can’t wait to see what this legendary filmmaking duo has in store for us!