EXCLUSIVE: STXfilms has set F. Gary Gray to direct Vin Diesel for a new team in the action comedy Muscle, which will be Gray’s next film and will be shot later this year. Reginald Hudlin and Byron Phillips are producing alongside Diesel and Samantha Vincent for One Race Films. Gray will be the executive producer.
Diesel and Gray developed a relationship by making The Fate of the Furious in 2017, a film that grossed more than $ 1.2 billion at the global box office. The most recent version of Muscle is by John Swetnam and Malcolm Spellman. The original screenplay was written by Scott Taylor and Wesley Jermaine Johnson. The film’s record line is being kept secret.
“There are few directors who can match Gary’s skill with character, comedy and great action, which is why he is one of the most talented and most in-demand directors working today, said Adam Fogelson, president of STXfilms Motion Picture Group. “Over the years, Vin and I have worked together on a number of successful films and it is a thrill to re-train Vin and Gary after their billion-dollar success on The Fate of the Furious. This will become one of the most anticipated films on our list. “
The muscle will be supervised by Drew Simon and Kevin Sauer of STX. Straight Outta Compton helmer Gray, who is also developing to direct Saints Row, and M.A.S.K. for Paramount and Hasbro, he is represented by UTA and lawyer Nina Shaw; Diesel, who will be seen next starring in the ninth film in the Fast & Furious franchise and is leaving Bloodshot, is represented by CAA and Linden Entertainment.
Muscle adds to an STX slate that includes the Queenpins starring Kristen Bell-Vince Vaughn; a new action film directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Jason Statham, Hugh Grant and Aubrey Plaza; King Marsh’s Daughter, starring Daisy Ridley and directed by Neil Burger; American Sole, starring Pete Davidson and O’Shea Jackson Jr .; Jennifer Lopez’s star Bad Bunny; Godmother; the most wanted in the universe starring Dave Bautista; and Violence of Action, by Chris Pine.