It looks like we may not have long to wait for the return of Keanu Reeves’ John Wick, as director Chad Stahelski has told Collider that the third instalment in the action franchise could go into production by the end of the year.
“We’re currently in the middle of writing it right now,” said Stahelski. “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, the beginning of next year.”
Stahelski went on to reveal that he’s “super involved” with John Wick: Chapter 3 and is currently acting as a “prep director”, although he may potentially have to hand over the reins to another filmmaker given that he’s also attached to helm the Highlander reboot. However, he still has a very clear vision of where he wants to go with the third movie:
“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.”
John Wick: Chapter 2 is set to hit DVD and Blu-ray in June.