‘John Wick’ Bosses Considering TV Series Prequel
John Wick fans have yet to take in the majesty of Keanu Reeves’ return to the role for Chapter 2, but it’s safe to say the eternally un-retiring hitman isn’t saying goodnight after one sequel. So it is, that franchise helmers Chad Stahelski and Derek Kolstad have an eye toward a John Wick TV series, potentially exploring the character’s early days.
Just over ten days from the released of John Wick: Chapter 2, director Stahelski and writer Kolstad spoke to /Film of the franchise’s future, including the time spent settling on a sequel idea. At one point, they’d kicked around the notion of a John Wick prequel, ultimately deciding that idea was better reserved for a TV format. Lionsgate, as you can imagine, is all in on that idea.
Said the pair:
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.
Of course, a TV prequel isn’t likely to feature Keanu Reeves in the role, which could understandably cool interest in the idea. We’ll still likely see the character again for a third film, but how should John Wick handle a potential TV adaptation?