With ‘John Wick: Chapter Two’ hitting cinemas this week, attention is already turning to the future of the franchise, and what’s in store next for the super-assassin world.
Director Chad Stahelski has stated he wants to make a trilogy of films and that Lionsgate (the studio behind the film in the US) is exploring the possibility of a spin-off TV series, so what’s the latest on both of those projects, and what can we expect?
Beware of ‘Chapter Two’ spoilers coming up…
“If the audience likes [‘John Wick: Chapter Two’] and we get an opportunity to do ‘Chapter Three’, I think we should start right after the end of ‘Chapter Two’ and see what happens,” Keanu Reeves told Yahoo Movies.
“John’s running for his life, there are a lot of people who want to kill him, so let’s see what happens.”
Chad Stahelski admits a large part of ‘Chapter Three’ was actually culled from ‘Chapter Two’ to save on running time, and he already knows how the trilogy will end.
“‘Two’ was supposed to be a bigger movie than it was,” the former stuntman-turned-director explained.
“We pushed two hours, and we wanted to land around an hour forty, an hour forty-five, but there was just so much to do. So where we ended ‘Chapter Two’ was a natural place. We had more of a world built and so we want to pick it up where that is and continue that too. We know where we want [‘Chapter Three’] to end, so that’s good.”
As for the proposed television series, Stahleski admits it’s in early stages of development, but he’d like to see it centred around the Continental (the hotel that acts as a hub for the cabal of hitmen), telling the prequel story of John Wick leading up to the events of the first film.
Reeves agrees, saying a TV series around the comings and goings at the Continental would be “an organic fit.”
‘John Wick: Chapter Two’ is coming to UK cinemas nationwide on Friday, 17 February. Watch a clip below.