Even though “John Wick: Chapter 2” has yet to open in cinemas, Lionsgate must be confident in the prospects for its franchise’s future as talk of not just a third film but a potential TV spin-off is in the works.
Speaking with Slashfilm recently, director Chad Stahelski and screenwriter Derek Kolstad said finding the right story to tell took time and all sorts of ideas were floated about, including a prequel showing the ‘impossible task’ John completed to gain his freedom. That story is one Stahelski says they could dig more into with a TV series:
“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.”
Stahelski also says that if a third film goes forward, plans are to bring back Winston (Ian McShane), Charon (Lance Reddick), and Aurelio (John Leguizamo) for bigger roles to play in the story. “John Wick: Chapter Two” opens in theaters February 10th.