After the surprise box office success of the previous two movies, Keanu Reeves will be back in John Wick: Chapter 3. According to director Chad Stahelski, the third installment of the neo-noir action franchise is already in development and, in a recent interview, he shared what fans can expect in the continuation of the story of an ex-assassin forced back out of retirement after the murder of his puppy.
Getting To Know John Wick
While John Wick was a straight-up revenge story, John Wick: Chapter 2 was all about the world of hired assassins hidden within New York City. In John Wick: Chapter 3, the franchise will switch the focus back to its protagonist.
“We’re going to put in something about where John comes from,” Stahelski told The Independent, “and where he wants to go. I don’t want to say too much more, but it will be a nice completion to Mr. Wick’s journey.”
The past two movies already gave a hint at the history of John Wick, including why he had to leave his profession. Fans know that the assassin fell in love and got married, but his wife died leaving him alone with a puppy. After that, well, things got out of hand.
He also shared that he already has an idea about the life of John Wick before the events of the first movie. Reeves, too, know his character so well that if asked to explain, they will “be very obtuse.” They rather just show the audience what happened to the ex-assassin, rather than explain it through words.
Reeves is very hands-on when it comes to the development of his character. Stahelski shared that he and the actor talked about how to create an empathetic character who is not necessarily good (there are no real good guys in John Wick’s world). “How do you make good bag guys versus bad bad guys,” he asked.
End of the Trilogy, Beginning Of a TV Series
He also hinted that the story of John Wick might be coming to an end. The director stated that they want the third movie to finish the trilogy, but comments that the decision is up to the studio.
He also shared that Lionsgate is looking at possibly developing a spin-off television series that expands on the underground world of these assassins. Stahelski assured fans that there are a lot of talented, capable people working on the project. Rest assured, it has the potential to be as good as the movie source. He also said that he would like to be involved in the television series if it does get made.
On whether it will be a prequel or a sequel, the director cannot say right now. He said there are plenty of ideas being considered right now, but the studio is yet to decide.
Staying True To Its Roots
Stehlski also reiterated that they have no intention to go bigger in the third installment regardless of the success of the first two movies and the bigger budget. He pointed out that while he enjoyed watching big, blockbuster action movies, they tend to become a little predictable.
“If you had to guess what the next big superhero set-pieces were going to be, would you say skyscrapers? Would you see giant spaceship? You would be within 95 percent accurate just guessing at those,” he said. John Wick: Chapter 3 is a little more mysterious and exciting because viewers have no idea what it would bring to the table next.
John Wick: Chapter 2 recorded a $166.8 million gross at the worldwide box office. The hit action movie is now available on Digital HD, DVD, and Blu-Ray.
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