Director Chad Stahelski on the potential of John Wick’s future
As John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum further expands the elaborate world that its main character inhabits, neither director Chad Stahelski, nor star Keanu Reeves, are at a loss for ideas. In an interview with EW, the director said that there are no shortage of possibilities when it comes to the future of John Wick.
“Keanu and I have ideas for days,” Stahelski said when talking about how many John Wick stories are left to be told. “It’s a fun world. I could live here for the rest of my career. If people like it and want to watch more, I could think of way worse ways to spend your career. We’ll let the audience figure that out.”
Stahelski also mentioned the John Wick series currently being developed at Starz, The Continental, which would be the first step to expand this world beyond the silver screen.
“Keanu and I have sat with that creative element and laid out what we feel makes John Wick special, and what would make the TV show unique. Now, it will be a round of back and forths. Lionsgate is in actual full development of it and it’s called The Continental. It should be fun.”
The eponymous John Wick is on the run in Parabellum for two reasons. One, he’s being hunted for a global $14 million dollar open contract on his life, and two, for breaking a central rule: taking a life on Continental Hotel grounds. In this case, a member of the High Table who ordered the open contract. John should have already been executed, except the Continental’s manager, Winston (Ian McShane), has given him a one-hour grace period before he’s ‘Excommunicado’ – membership revoked, banned from all services and cut off from other members. John uses the service industry to stay alive as he fights and kills his way out of New York City.
Halle Berry, Angelica Huston, Asia Kate Dillon, Mark Dacascos, and Jason Mantzoukas are also starring in the film alongside Yayan Ruhian, Cecep Arif Rahman, and Tiger Hu Chen. Laurence Fishburne, Lance Reddick, and Ruby Rose are expected to reprise their roles in the sequel, with Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine) reportedly playing the main villain. Unfortunately, Common, who stole the show in John Wick: Chapter 2, told us last year that he will be sitting this one out.
Starz’ spin-off series The Continental, meanwhile, has acclaimed writer/producer Chris Collins (Sons of Anarchy, The Wire) executive producing.
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is in theaters now.