After leaving “John Wick 2” to focus on another project, sources have confirmed that director David Leitch has picked the Focus spy thriller “The Coldest City,” starring Charlize Theron, as his next film.
Leitch was co-directing “John Wick 2” with Chad Stahelski, but after production was set for a November shoot in Budapest and Berlin, Leitch decided it best to let Stahelski direct “John Wick 2” on his own so that he could focus on “The Coldest City.”
Kurt Johnstad penned the pic about a spy in the late 1980s dealing with the aftermath of the murder of an underground MI6 officer.
Universal Pictures International has bought Australia/New Zealand, Benelux, China, France, Germany, Italy, Latin America, Switzerland and the U.K. DeaPlaneta acquired Spain, and Freeman Distribution/Monlith/Blitz bought Eastern Europe.
The pic will be produced by Denver and Delilah Productions, Oni Press and Sierra Pictures.
Focus acquired the film at the Cannes Film Festival and at the time Leitch and Stahelski were on board to direct, but now Leitch will helm on his own.
The two directors burst onto the scene after last year’s “John Wick,” starring Keanu Reeves, exceeded expectations at the box office. The two are also attached to direct “Cowboy Ninja Viking” for Universal starring Chris Pratt.
Leitch is repped by WME.