Director David Leitch and his wife/producing partner Kelly McCormick have signed a 'first-look' production deal with Universal Pictures, according to Variety. The duo have set-up a new production shingle, 87North Production, for their work.
"David and Kelly have established themselves as a distinctive, stylish filmmaking team who can do it all, from contained thrillers to franchise tentpoles," said Universal’s president Peter Cramer. "We are confident that this summer’s Hobbs & Shaw will build on their impressive track record of bringing bold, high-quality entertainment to giant global audiences, and we are excited to formalize our long-standing relationship with them at Universal."
Leitch directed the upcoming Fast & Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw for Universal, and according to Variety's sources "the smooth shoot helped convince Universal to approach Leitch and McCormick about a deal that would keep them and the newly formed company in the Universal family for the foreseeable future."
As part of the deal, Universal has picked up the duo's Nobody (with director Ilya Naishuller and actor Bob Odenkirk) and Friday Black.
"Donna, Peter and the amazing team at Universal have been such great partners to work with on Atomic Blonde and now Hobbs & Shaw," McCormick and Leitch said in a joint statement. "Through our new company 87North Productions, we are thrilled to be extending this special working relationship to continue to make movies that we are passionate about in any genre."
Immediately following the success of Deadpool 2, there were unconfirmed reports that Leitch was in talks to return for another Deadpool film. Leitch signed on to direct an adaptation of Tomm Coker & Daniel Freedman's Undying Love back in January 2019.