On the eve of John Wick: Chapter 2 hitting cinemas on February 10th in the US and February 17th in the UK, the creators of the series are already earmarking a production beyond the big screen. As if there were not enough television remakes for a general audience to look over, think Training Day, now it appears Wick will be a television show for good measure.
Director Chad Stahelski is clearly loving the franchise and has earmarked three individuals to come back for John Wick 3. Who can they be? Well, you might have guessed at least one, but... We can expect to see Winston (Ian McShane), Charon (Lance Reddick), and Aurelio (John Leguizamo). These names could be mainstays for TV, as the filmmaker explained what Lionsgate want to do with the narrative at large.
Leaving The Before Part To Network TV
Stahelski believes that this concept could be a positive for his end of the spectrum. Going on to argue that the prequel material will be left to a different department while he expands on the character on the big screen.
"Well, we’re not doing a prequel (with Chapter 2)," he outlined. "We wanted to, it just didn’t fit quite where we’re at... We basically almost have a prequel written, but we’d save that for other aspects of the property. Lionsgate is very interested in doing a John Wick TV show, and that seems very appealing to us, to give those creative ideas to that entity, because I think in TV you could really expand on what that is, and greater than we could in just a two-hour film. We’d like to wrap-up the story we’re telling now and maybe save all our prequel ideas and impossible task ideas for that medium."
Great To Be Part of Something Fresh: Keanu
Talking to the National Post, the cast of John Wick: Chapter 2 could not have been happier creating the project together. For Reeves in particular, he knows the demands that it takes to bring a film of this scale to the public. Explaining that he was inspired from the start.
“It’s really nice, since the opening of the first one, to be a part of a film that has attracted so much affection,” he said. “For me, it’s pretty rare.” And that is in no due part to his co-stars who helped him pull off the scenes to perfection. “You can’t really fake a judo throw. But you can get help from the person you’re throwing when they launch themselves.”
Reuniting with an old colleague on set, Laurence Fishburne explained that he wanted to be part of the feature and join in the fun with his old friend. “I said, ‘Dude, John Wick was sick — killer, so you got to put me down,'” remarked Fishburne.