Samuel L. Jackson has had no shortage of hits over his long and storied career. In the ’90s, films like Pulp Fiction, Jurassic Park, and Die Hard with a Vengeance were highlights of his career. Once the 2000s rolled around he was part of the Star Wars universe and by the end of the decade he was laying the foundation for The Avengers. His star power has also seen him explore more unique roles like Django Unchained and Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Throughout all of these projects and more, Jackson has put himself alongside some of the top talent in the industry. With Hollywood currently experiencing a heightened production of franchises, it should be no surprise that he has more new adventures in mind, specifically John Wick 3.
Reporter Simon Thompson revealed on the latest episode of Meet the Movie Press that this is the next franchise the actor has his eyes on. While there is no direct quote from Jackson on the matter, here is how Thompson described his recent interaction with the star when he asked him about a potential Nick Fury solo movie.
He actually was less interested in that than he was in an idea he floated with me, and he’s floated it with me twice now. He wants to do, over a Nick Fury movie, John Wick 3 with Laurence Fishburne and Keanu Reeves. He absolutely loves the John Wick movies. He wants in. He doesn’t want in, he wants in with a capital IN. Seriously, I think he will do whatever he needs to do to get in on John Wick 3.
It is not surprising that Jackson sees the success of John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2 and wants to get a piece of it for himself. While the first film is largely just Keanu’s vehicle, the second installment did feature an expanded cast with Common, Ruby Rose, and Fishburne joining the fold. With the end of Chapter 2 setting up a potentially wild third installment and having more box office success, there could certainly be a place for Jackson.
Even though he may want in the franchise, there is no telling whether or not the feeling is mutual. That said, assuming the third installment gets a slightly higher budget, now the writers of the threequel could at least develop a role with Jackson in mind. With it being set up for the High Table to potentially have an incredibly large part in the next film, Jackson could easily slide into the leadership role of this group. That or a veteran assassin looking for one more final hit could both be intriguing options for the Hollywood legend to tackle. Hopefully the powers that be see this interest and make something work.
John Wick: Chapter 3 is in development and does not have a release date.
Source: Meet the Movie Press