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David Leitch to Direct Thriller ‘Bullet Train’ for Sony

Stuntman turned director David Leitch — finest recognized for guiding “John Wick,” “Atomic Blonde,” and “Deadpool 2” — will supervise improvement and direct “Bullet Train” for Sony Pictures, the corporate introduced on Wednesday.

Zak Olkewitz, whose credit embrace “Fear Street,” is writing the screenplay primarily based on the vastly common Japanese manga. The challenge is described as a contained thriller within the vein of “Speed” and “Non-Stop” and will be shot on a closed set topic to COVID-19 taking pictures protocols. “Bullet Train” is being eyed for a fall shoot.

Additionally, Leitch will produce “Bullet Train” together with longtime producing associate Kelly McCormick (“Atomic Blonde”) by their 87North banner together with Antoine Fuqua and Kat Samick.

Executive Brittany Morrissey is overseeing the challenge for Sony Pictures.

Leitch is finest recognized for his stunt work, however turned in a powerful directorial debut with “John Wick,” the 2014 Keanu Reeves motion movie, which he co-directed with Chad Stahelski. Leitch’s most not too long ago directed “Fast & Furious” spinoff “Hobbs and Shaw” which starred Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham. In 2019, Leitch together with McCormick signed a first-look manufacturing cope with Universal Pictures. Leitch and McCormick are additionally growing a number of tasks for Universal, together with “Nobody,” an motion thriller directed by “Hardcore Henry’s” Ilya Naishuller starring Bob Odenkirk. They’re additionally growing “Friday Black,” primarily based on the title story of The New York Times bestseller from award-winning writer Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah.

Leitch is repped by WME and Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman. Olkewitz is repped by 3 Arts Management and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson.

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