‘Fast & Loose’: Studios Are Chasing This Will Smith Memory Loss Movie from the Director of ‘Deadpool 2’ and ‘Hobbs & Shaw’

Deadpool 2, Hobbs and Shaw and Atomic Blonde director David Leitch has lined up Fast & Loose, a film set to star Will Smith.

There’s a major bidding war going on at the moment, with Warner Bros, Sony, Paramount, MGM and the streaming giants all trying to acquire the film. Leitch is going to direct from a screenplay by Jon and Eric Hoeber, whose credits include The Meg, RED, RED 2 and Battleship.

Deadline broke the news, reporting the film’s synopsis as follows:

After the leader of an upper-echelon criminal organisation suffers memory loss from an attack, he reunites with his crew, only to find that things aren’t what he thinks they are. When John Riley (Smith) wakes up in Tijuana after being left for dead with absolutely no memory, he follows a string of clues to uncover his identity discovering he’s been living two different lives: one, as a super-successful crime kingpin, surrounded by beautiful women, expensive toys, and a lavish lifestyle and the other as an undercover CIA agent, but with a puny salary, no family or home life whatsoever, and zero trappings of success. The problem is, he can’t remember which of these two personas is his true identity, and, more importantly, which life he really wants to live.

Fast & Loose was initially developed by STXfilms and Leitch was originally on board to produce. Well, since he moved into the director’s chair and Smith agreed to star, the major studios now want in. Leitch and Kelly McCormick are to produce via their 87North banner; Smith, Jon Mone and James Lassiter will producer via their Westbrook Studios banner.

This will be the next project for Smith after he completes Emancipation, an Antoine Fuqua-directed (Training Day, Shooter, The Equalizer) runaway slave drama that’s been set up at Apple. Smith’s next film to hit screens is King Richard, a November release that will have him playing Richard Williams, the father and coach of tennis champs Venus and Serena Williams.

Before we see what stuntman-turned-filmmaker Leitch delivers with Fast & Loose, we’ll be getting his Brad Pitt-starring action film Bullet Train, which is currently in production.

David Leitch directing ‘Deadpool 2’ | 20th Century Fox

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