John Wick seven

“People keep asking if I’m back and I haven’t really had an answer…but yeah, I’m thinking I’m back.”

Seven months after John Wick: Chapter 2 arrived in theaters and promptly blew everyone’s faces off with its distinctive blend of action movie mania, Lionsgate has set a release date for John Wick: Chapter 3. And this release date finds the little series that could graduate to the big leagues.

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john wick spin-off

One of the most enthralling parts of John Wick is its sleek, nearly balletic fight choreography. So it’s fitting that the John Wick spin-off could be called Ballerina.

Lionsgate is planning to develop a female-led action film titled Ballerina into a spin-off in the expanding John Wick universe, which first earned a cult following in 2014, and now has gone on to spawn a sequel, a comic book, and an upcoming television series.

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Baby Driver Trailer Remix

As a die-hard action junkie, I constantly find myself pondering how this genre fights creative staleness. After decades of pulverized bodies and eviscerated landscapes, you’d assume filmmakers would be spinning the same bloody chainsaw blades by now. Can Hollywood forever recycle an “Expendables” formula by plugging in different renegades, a new villain, and loads more henchman deaths? At what point do franchises like Fast and Furious push too far and become ridiculous farces? How do you sustain a genre founded on punches, kicks, guns and explosions, without sleepwalking through the same motions?

These are all valid questions that can be answered with a single word: adaptation.

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John Wick Comic Book Cover Banner

John Wick is rapidly expanding from the cult action movie that first splashed onto the scene in 2014. First John Wick: Chapter 2 introduced a sprawling international network of assassins whose world is infinitely more complex than we could have dreamed.

Then a TV show was announced which is set to explore that world, with star Keanu Reeves set to make a cameo. Now, a comic book series will be released in September exploring the origins of the great, mythic John Wick himself, written by acclaimed Planet Hulk writer Greg Pak and drawn with stylish gusto by Giovanni Valletta.

Find out more about the much-anticipated John Wick comic book after the jump.

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John Wick TV show

Earlier this year, John Wick: Chapter Two director Chad Stahelski told us about plans for a John Wick television series. The show is continuing to gain support from Lionsgate. It’ll explore the Continentals all over the world, hence why the show is currently called The Continental.

Below, Stahelski shares some new details on the John Wick TV show.

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Sequel Bits

In today’s edition of sequel bits:

  • Screenwriter Derek Solstad is back for John Wick: Chapter 3.
  • A pivotal character returns to the Mission: Impossible franchise.
  • Ian McShane provides another promising update on the Deadwood movie.
  • A new poster for Transformers: The Last Knight.
  • Jared Leto talks Blade Runner 2049.
  • And more.

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john wick 3

John Wick and its sequel, John Wick: Chapter 2 were unexpected critical and box office hits, so naturally, people keep asking director Chad Stahelski if we’re going back to the wild and violent world of John Wick. And Stahelski confirms, yeah, he’s thinking we’ll go back. (Don’t hate me, I know the joke is bad.)

The stuntman-turned-director gave an update on the status of the third movie in what he hopes will be a trilogy, John Wick: Chapter 3, as well as the possibility of expanding the underground assassin world seen in the movies through a television series.

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John Wick 2 Kill Count Video

Though it feels like much more time has passed it was just earlier this year that Keanu Reeves returned as the notorious hit man that everybody should be scared of in John Wick: Chapter 2. The sequel was not only on par with its surprise hit predecessor, but it managed to up the ante on the action front and even expand the mythology of the world in which it exists in a rather interesting way, not to mention leaving the door open for a sequel that we can’t wait to see.

Since John Wick is out for blood again, this time with an obligation brought forth to him by another hit man, there’s a pretty serious body count this time around, around 50% higher than the first film. If you haven’t had the time to rewatch John Wick: Chapter 2 lately, a new kill count video assembles all of death delivered at the hands of Keanu Reeves.

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Keanu Reeves in John Wick Chapter 2

John Wick: Chapter 2 didn’t disappoint. It was pretty much everything one could want and more from the sequel, which grossed almost double what the first movie made at the worldwide box-office. Following the all-around huge success, Keanu Reeves will be back as the dog-friendly assassin. If you’re wondering exactly when Reeves will return as the character, according to director Chad Stahelski, says that cameras could begin rolling later this year or early next year.

Below, check out Stahelski’s latest comments on the sequel.

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/Answers: The Best Movie Gunfights of All Time

best movie gunfights

Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. This week’s edition asks “What is your favorite movie gunfight of all time?” As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team.

If you’d like to share your favorite movie gunfight, please send your thoughts to slashfilmpitches@gmail.com for a chance to be featured on the site. Find our choices below!

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