John Wick: Chapter 2 is coming soon to theaters, but we might get more of the world through television.
SlashFilm spoke with director Chad Stahelski and screenwriter Derek Kolstad at a John Wick: Chapter press event. They spoke about the possibilities of having more stories in this world. They wanted to explore the characters and the universe more. Here is what Stahelski said:
Well, we’re not doing a prequel [with Chapter 2]. 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.
I loved the first John Wick movie. I thought it was a really fun action movie that understood what it was and ran with it. They set up the comic book type world in that movie which makes room for tons of possibilities. I think that making a TV show is a great idea. I really want to know more about this assassin world, The Continental, and the organization. I agree with Stalelski that you don’t have enough time in a movie to really get into the lore of this world.
We are getting a comic book that takes place after the events of the first John Wick movie. That could also expand the world a little bit more. My only request is that there is no John Wick in the show. In my opinion, Keanu Reeves is the only person that can play John Wick. Someone else playing a younger version of him would be too jarring for me.
I’d rather the show tell us about the assassin organization than how John Wick, himself, got started. While that would be interesting, I just want Keanu to stick with John Wick. I also don’t think he would even sign up for a tv role. A show focusing on different assassins would be very good idea.
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John Wick: Chapter 2 opens in theaters on February 10, 2017.