July 26, 2017

Dailies: "John Wick" Spin-off Announced


Lionsgate announced Tuesday that they would begin planning a John Wick cinematic universe starting with a spin-off film titled Ballerina. The script comes from Shay Hatten, 23 years old, as his first sale.

"Ballerina has been described as being in the vein of La Femme Nikita, the 1990 female-centric assassin movie that helped launch the career of filmmaker Luc Besson, but with a more pulpy, hyper-stylized bent a la Quentin Tarantino or Matthew Vaughn."
Starring Keanu Reeves, John Wick came out in 2014 to $88 million worldwide based on a $20 million budget and an 85% Rotten Tomatoes score. A sequel was ordered after the success. John Wick: Chapter 2 gave Lionsgate a box office haul of $169 million worldwide, beating the sequel's estimated $40 million production budget. Chapter 2 was lauded with an 89% Rotten Tomatoes score. 

John Wick: Chapter 2 introduced audiences to a world of assassins, with a cliffhanger ending begging for a third installment. The franchise can easily add in more and more mythology and Ballerina may be a perfect place to start.