BELLA: 80s-Set Paramount Action Thriller Casts Samara Weaving, ‘John Wick’ Franchise Helmer Joins To Produce
The Whistleblower helmer Larysa Kondracki will be in good company with Chad Stahelski who’s now riding high with the success of John Wick: Chapter 4 out of Lionsgate. As Deadline’s Anthony D’Alessandro tells it, the pair is set to now venture out together on Paramount Pictures action thriller, Bella which Stahelski will produce out of 87Eleven Entertainment, and has Ready Or Not, Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins and Scream VI actress Samara Weaving tapped to star.
Chad Stahelski’s John Wick: Chapter 4 clocks in at 2 hours and 49 minutes – the longest of all entries in the franchise so far. That’s gonna be a lot of layer-building and assassin killing to come as Keanu Reeves makes his return to the fold after launching the character nearly a decade ago, and with a brand new trailer inbound this week, Lionsgate isn’t backing down from its “Wick Week” commitment as new character posters are now out which you can view below. The gallery also includes a final reveal of actor Scott Adkins in the role of “Killa” after weeks of keeping his character under wraps in which now he can be seen in what looks like a prosthetic fatsuit. This ought to be interesting.
Years and years ago I used to be obsessed with what my favorite fight scenes were in movies, and I would gauge this topic on my own time based on the performers, choreography, choreographers, style, and tone of the action, and even sometimes the length of the fight scene. One metric I also factored in was whether or not the fight scene would cut itself in between cuts from other climatic scenes in that film. Nowadays, it’s hard to even draw up a top ten as I’ve seen so many fight scenes, and so whenever I see a random post on social media asking followers what their favorite fight scene is from a film, I instantly pass.
The weekend has been stirring with film buzz and Lionsgate is jumping into the pool to catch some momentum. For this, we turn to the first official teaser poster for Chad Stahelski’s John Wick: Chapter 4 which opens on March 24, 2023, and will undoubtedly serve as a worthwhile preamble to the ambitions of the upcoming prequel series, The Continental, and Len Wiseman’s Ana de Armas-led spin-off, Ballerina.
It’s been close to five years since we last heard about the pending feature-length adaptation of Marc Olden’s Black Samurai novels – previously in series form. News as of Thursday now has the project in new hands, with Netflix announcing its own feature-length development of the IP.
Following announcements nearly a year ago this month, Chad Stahelski’s prospective 87Eleven Entertainment actioner, Shibumi, is a go at Warner Bros. according to Deadline‘s Andreas Wiseman this week. Stahelski will direct the film, in addition to producing alongside Alex Young and Jason Spitz, with a script by Matt Orton (Marvel’s Moon Knight, Operation Finale).
Lionsgate is rolling out a first official look at Keanu Reeves in the title role for the next chapter in the John Wick saga which you can view below. The film, opening March 24, 2023, sees Reeves directed once more by Chad Stahelski, this time from a script by Shay Hatten and Michael Finch and a mix of new and returning characters comprised of Laurence Fishburne, Lance Reddick, Ian McShane, Rina Sawayama, Hiroyuki Sanada, Shamier Anderson, Bill Skarsgård, Donnie Yen, Marko Zaror, Scott Adkins and Clancy Brown.
“Project Nemesis”, the first of a 5.6-part Kaiju novel series from author Jeremy Robinson, is on track for a television debut with none other than Chad Stahelski set to direct and executive produce for Sony TV, according to Deadline‘s Denise Petski.
Deadline has it on good terms that Chad Stahelski’s live-action Ghosts Of Tsushima is well on track for its development over at Sony Pictures and Playstation Productions.
Chad Stahelski continues to accrue even further projects to hopefully adapt for the big screen, his latest being Shibumi, with 87Eleven Productions partners Alex Young and Jason Spitz on board to produce, according to Deadline.
Deadline is reporting that the next chapter of John Wick will have Hiroyuki Sanada on board for the cast. This a big, major development that’s likely been waiting to happen since prior to the third film’s shoot when That Hashtag Show first gave rise to rumors of the actor’s involvement in January 2018. It was definitely an exciting prospect that finally looks to be a reality for fans of the hit assassin franchise.
Prolific stunt multi-hyphenate and filmmmaker Chad Stahelski has had his name thrown in the mix for a plethora of titles, whilst working to build what he’s helped contribute in the current four-part Keanu Reeves-led John Wick franchise for Lionsgate.
I’m willing to bet there’s pretty much a bigger list than a lot of us are aware of, of projects that filmmaker Chad Stahelski is, or in talks to be, attached to – in some degree or another. For each of these developments, it’s never not garnered any attention for him, long since catapulting himself in fan favor with the on-going John Wick saga which commences principal photography very soon on its fourth installment.
Chad Stahelski has a great thing going with Lionsgate following the success of the John Wick franchise thusfar. He’s got television AND feature spin-off in the works, on top of two more back-to-back movies to culminate the hitman pentalogy, in addition to a new incarnation of Highlander, AND he’s producing a new take on CJ’s The Man From Nowhere for New Line.