John Wick 3 will will delve into the past of the eponymous character as he goes on his next bloody rampage. The third movie in the John Wick franchise will continue the character’s journey, while further expanding the mythology introduced in the first two films. Chad Stahelksi, the director of John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2, is expected to return to helm the third chapter, along with series screenwriter Derek Kolstad.
The character of John Wick (played by Keanu Reeves) was portrayed in the first film as a retired hitman, coping with the death of his wife. Prior to her death, she arranged for him to be given a puppy that would help him deal with the pain of her loss. The puppy’s death at the hands of gangsters sends John Wick to wage a one-mar against his enemies, mercilessly wiping out each one responsible. Though made with a modest budget of $20 million, John Wick received good reviews and did surprising well at the box office, earning it a sequel, John Wick: Chapter 2, which released in February of this year.
Chapter 2 explored how John was able to retire, and showed viewers the consequences of such a decision – as John is forced to go back into action, after losing both his home and his car. While speaking with The Independent, Stahelski touched upon the ideas that he aims to explore in Chapter 3 (a film that will finish the trilogy “in our minds,” according to Stahelski):
We are going to put in something about the High Table, how that all works. We’re going to put in something about where John comes from, and where he wants to go. I don’t want to say too much more, but it will be a nice completion to Mr Wick’s journey.
John Wick: Chapter 2 followed in the footsteps of the first film by including more of what made the first movie so popular. With more gun battles, well-choreographed fight scenes and another mission filled with violence and revenge, John Wick: Chapter 2 was a huge success and easily out-grossed the first film. Immediately, expectations for John Wick 3 were set high, and fans are left wondering what’s next for the John Wick character.
As Stahelski confirmed, we will learn more about the High Table in John Wick 3. The High Table is the council of crime bosses that were mentioned but never seen in John Wick: Chapter 2. John made an enemy of them in the movie by killing someone in the Continental Hotel, a place that was intended to be a safe zone for people like John. Now John himself is now a target of every hitman in the underworld.
The John Wick films themselves have been such a hit with viewers that there have already been discussions of a John Wick prequel TV series. For now though, there are no official plans beyond John Wick 3 (which looks to begin filming by the end of this year).
Source: The Independent