Lionsgate Contemplates John Wick Prequel TV Series

By February 1, 2017
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So what was John Wick like before John Wick? Apparently Chad Stahelski and writer Derek Kolstad have it all worked out. And it could end up not in a theater near you, but in that television right there in your living room.

While making the rounds for John Wick: Chapter 2, which opens Feb. 10, Stahelski told SlashFilm‘s Jack Giroux he had originally planned to make the upcoming sequel an actual prequel, but decided to take a different route instead.

“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 ideas to that entity, because I think in TV you could really expand on what this 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.”

John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves as the title character, is about an ex-hitman who comes out of retirement to seek vengeance on a group of gangsters who take everything from him. The second film coming out next week deals with the repercussions of the 2014 film, where Wick finds out there is a bounty on his life.

The first film was a sleeper hit both with audiences and critics. It earned a respectable $76.2 million globally against a budget of $20 million, and earned the approval of 85 percent of the 187 critics Rotten Tomatoes surveyed three years ago.

What would a television show be like? Would Reeves – who just made his first real foray into television last year in the Web-based comedy Swedish Dicks – sign on to do a small-screen version of his new anti-hero?

There’s still plenty of time to answer those questions. But first, Lionsgate needs a solid outing from John Wick: Chapter 2, which makes its debut against the premieres of Universal Pictures’ Fifty Shades Darker and Warner Bros. The Lego Batman Movie just before Valentine’s Day.

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