Long before John Wick: Chapter 2 hit theaters in February, director Chad Stahelski revealed that Lionsgate has already asked him to start exploring ideas for John Wick 3. The filmmaker confirmed that both Ian McShane’s Winston, the owner of the Continental Hotel, and Lance Reddick’s Charon, the hotel concierge, will be back, along with Keanu Reeves as the title character. While doing press for the home video release of John Wick: Chapter 2, director Chad Stahelski revealed that he’s currently in the middle of writing the script. Here’s what the filmmaker had to say below.
“Yeah we’re currently in the middle of writing it right now. It’s more of a how fast can we get our shit together. But I would assume that if not by the end of this year, (shooting may start at) the beginning of next year.”
If filming does end up starting early next year, it’s possible that David Leitch may be available, after the Deadpool 2 shoot, but it still hasn’t been confirmed when the Highlander project will start filming. Still even if neither director comes back, Chad Stahelski teased that they have a very good idea of what will happen in John Wick 3, which won’t necessarily be a bigger movie, but will go deeper into this universe. Here’s what he had to say below.
“We want, not so much to go bigger on the third one, but to show you more of the intricacies of the world… I feel like there are all these different subtleties that I skipped over in Number Two, that I’d like to go back to on [chapter three] and show you the inner workings of different parts of New York. So rather than massive set pieces, I’d like to show you cooler and more intricate ones… I think it would be a mistake budget wise and creatively to just go big and blow up a freeway. That’s not our gig. That’s a comic book or a Bond gig. We want to show you cool and intricate details. What are those little details in everyday life? Hopefully, we make people look at garbage collectors and cleaner vans and homeless people a little differently now.”
Lionsgate hasn’t set a release date for John Wick 3, but we learned in March that another prominent actor wants to join the franchise. Samuel L. Jackson revealed to a reporter that he’d like to team up with Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne in John Wick 3, with the reporter teasing that the actor would do “whatever it takes” to land a role in this sequel. If production does in fact start at the end of this year or the start of next year on John Wick 3, perhaps we’ll start hearing about new characters and cast members sooner rather than later.