‘John Wick 3’: Everything We Know So Far

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The Whole Purpose Of ‘John Wick 2’ Was To Be A Bridge Into ‘John Wick 3’

Director Chad Stahelski says that the whole purpose of John Wick 2 was to set up a larger world which will be explored further in the third chapter:

“The whole purpose of John Wick: Chapter 2 was to get us into John Wick 3—the bridge, but do an interesting bridge. All the cool stuff we showed you in 1 and 2—we call it the service industries [for assassins]—we wanted to take that away. John Wick was about showing you and giving; John Wick 2 was about taking everything away from him. So at the end, literally, I got the vibe from Donald Sutherland in the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers. You don’t know who’s who. We want to show how big the world goes.Whenever you deal with hidden worlds, it’s: Who’s the vampire? Who’s the immortal? Who’s the assassin? It’s the Cold War thing, and I miss that. We wanted to instill a little of that.

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The Ending Of John Wick’s Story Is Set

Director Chad Stahelski admits that he knows how the story of John Wick will end:

“I know where I want to end the character and where Keanu would like to end the character. “

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Possible Recycled Ideas

Screenwriter Derek Kolstad hinted to us that some of his early scripts and treatments for John Wick: Chapter 2 could be used as the basis for a third film:

“It’s funny, because we went through a half-dozen iterations, and scripts, and treatments. Everyone liked them, but I remember the first one I turned in, they were like, “This is awesome, but might be the third or fourth movie.”

Director Chad Stahelski reveals that screenwriter Derek Kolstad had nine or ten pages of notes before he started writing, with many great ideas that didn’t make it into the movie. In other wordsL “So plenty for number 3.” It’s probably unrelated to the third film, but Stahelski revealed a couple of his favorite bits that didn’t make it into the final film:

One of my favorite things, and definitely Keanu’s favorite scene, happens in Rome. Before he goes to all the other assassins, he goes to a very Vaticanesque-looking building where he asks permission from certain clergy, religious clergy. We’ve tied in the ancientness and the mythological world of religion into our thing. It just bumped a little bit on the overall plot, because it was a little too ambiguous, so it was taken out. We also had a B-plot when we shot the film about how Santino was trying to control the flow of gold coins.

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Returning Characters

As for which characters may return for John Wick: Chapter 3, Stahelski told us that “there are two characters that I can really expand on in the third one.” And they are:

“One is John Leguizamo‘s character, Aurelio, because he’s such a big part of the first film, and Lance Reddick‘s character [, as our concierge in The Continental.”

In an earlier interview, Stahelski revealed that “Winston’s [Ian McShane] is a big part of the next one, so is Lance Reddick. We’ve got some ideas.”

I would also expect that Laurence Fishburne would be back to reprise his role as Bowery King.

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Is Cassian Still Alive?

Some fans might be wondering if Common‘s character, the tough bodyguard Cassian, survives that brutal stab wound from Wick. Chad Stahelski teased in an interview the possibility that the character might still be alive:

“We like being slightly ambiguous in the world. I think that a big part of the John Wick world is to let the audience take a guess at it. We replicated that scene twice if you go back in the movie. John does the same type of move twice with two different visual characters, and there’s a defining moment after what he says to Common. One character is left alive. One is not. That’s pretty much all we’ll say for now.”

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Will the ‘John Wick Creators Return For A Third Film?

Off the sucess of John Wick, directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch are already in high demand. Stahelski will next direct the Highlander reboot, while the original film’s co-helmer David Leitch is lined up to direct Deadpool 2. Will they have time to return for Chapter 3? The Hollywood Reporter asked Stahelski this exact question:

All I can say at this point is there’s been talk of it, and I would be very, very interested and very happy to be involved in some capacity. I would like to be involved creatively at a very high level if and when they did a number three, for sure.

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Sequels In Other Mediums

Dynamite Comics is working on a John Wick comic book series and the filmmakers told us that Lionsgate is considering their pitch to make a John Wick television series which would be a prequel telling the story of Wick’s earlier days:

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. I think that TV could really expand on what that is, great, than we could in just a two-hour film. We’d like to wrap up the story we’re telling now and then maybe save all our prequel ideas and our impossible tasks for that medium.

The comic book series supposedly also takes place before the events of the first film.

Patton Oswalt’s Ideas For The Future Of The Franchise

Let’s end this on a humorous note. Earlier this month comedian/actor Patton Oswalt took to twitter to offer his suggestions for the titles for the future of the John Wick franchise. See the tweet embedded above.

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