Just shy of confirming a fourth film, director Chad Stahelski spoke to Entertainment Weekly adding his thoughts on the possibilities after next year’s third entry in the John Wick franchise:
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The production of Lionsgate’s May 17, 2019-dated John Wick 3: Parabellum has already taken to Morrocco according to recent reports and as it turns out, the additions to its cast have all but continued. As GWW’s Omega Underground notes, actor Saïd Taghmaoui has joined the cast, albeit in an undisclosed role for the third-outing of director Chad Stahelski’s epic assassin opus that once more sees title actor Keanu Reeves as the former gangland enforcer fighting his way out of the crosshairs of the global assassins’ network that now wants him dead following the events of the second film.
There’s no question that a third chapter in the John Wick saga was in the works. After the riproaring second installment with John Wick: Chapter Two, it was only a matter of time before we would hear from its director, Chad Stahelski, who teased his involvement in the development of the film’s pending trilogical outing with an eye to direct.
For what it’s worth, that still appears to be the case while a new report from THR has otherwise confirmed the return of screenwriter Derek Kolstad to the table. It was he who helped bring the character to life for the 2014 breakout hit from Stahelski and then-directing partner David Leitch with actor Keanu Reeves in the title role.
The sequel, following the events of the first film in which former Russian mob enforcer, Wick, avenges his late wife’s legacy – slighted at the hands of his former boss’s sniveling son – is forced back into the seedy underworld of assassins when a blood oath ensnares him with a mission that ultimately seals his fate in a world run by killers with few friends to count on.
That film stars Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose, Common, John Leguizamo and Lawrence Fishburne with a cameo by actor Peter Stormare and is available on DVD, Blu-Ray and 4K from Lionsgate. The next chapter is on the fast track toward a production start this Fall from Lionsgate with Basil Iwaynk returning to produce.