John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum is out now in cinemas which sees Keanu Reeves return as the legendary hitman who is now on the run with a $40 million bounty on his head. Directed by Chad Stahelski, Parabellum is being hailed as the "action movie of the year", and is set to knock Avengers Endgame off the US number one spot. Naturally, fans of the John Wick franchise want to know if there is more gun-fu on the horizon.
“I enjoy making these movies because there’s no limit…We create our own mythology, and we have a studio (Lionsgate) that both stays out of our way and supports us on the wacky decisions. If people go see the movie, and it makes money, and they came back to us, Keanu and I have ideas for days. 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.”
Well, it appears as though the audience has already figured out that it wants more John Wick as Parabellum is on track for a $55 million domestic opening weekend. To put that in perspective, back in 2014 the first film launched to $14 million, 2017's Chapter 2 more than doubled that to a $30 million opening weekend. Two years on, and John Wick's popularity has surged again
Last year it was announced that a TV series spin-off was in development from Starz which would focus on the infamous chain of assassin friendly hotels, The Continental. Stahelski revealed that he had been involved in conversations with Lionsgate alongside Keanu Reeves to help guide the series in the right direction.
“They have a writers’ room working on it right now, trying to develop the first season. 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. But, yeah, Lionsgate is in actual full development of it, and it’s called The Continental. It should be fun.”
There is currently no announced launch date for The Continental, but given the success of Chapter 3, I would be surprised if it was moved onto the fast-track. John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum is out now in cinemas.