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John Wick 3 Has Entered Early Development

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John Wick, released back in the fall of 2014, was an unlikely hit that inspired something of a cult following. Directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch,  the film starred Keanu Reeves as the title character, a widowed retired hitman who went on a revenge-minded rampage following the murder of his beloved little dog. The first film represented a chance for Reeves, now in his 50s and years after the Matrix films, to return to action-hero mode, in a story with lots of wit and humor.

The film, which grossed $43 million at the domestic box office and around the same amount overseas, has a sequel, John Wick: Chapter Two, set for release in February of 2017, with the first trailer having now debuted online. And now, it appears a third film has already entered development as well.

Speaking at the 2016 New York Comic-Con, John Wick co-director, Chad Stahelski informed Collider that planning on a third John Wick is already underway. The second John Wick film (in addition to Reeves) stars Common, Ruby Rose, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, Bridget Moynihan and Reeves’ Matrix co-star Laurence Fishburne. Stahelski is serving as the sole director of John Wick: Chapter Two.

Here's the exact quote that Stahelski gave Collider with regard to John Wick 3:

“The studio has asked us to put our heads together and see if we can come up with something. Winston’s [McShane] is a big part of the next one, so is Lance Reddick. We’ve got some ideas.”

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Does the John Wick franchise have enough to it to fill three movies, let alone two? There’s no reason to think there isn’t; the formula of Keanu Reeves kicking bad guys’ butts in revenge to a wrong done for him is probably a well that can returned to numerous times. Assuming another dog isn’t killed in the process, if anything the sequels will probably be a test of how much of the original film’s success had to do with the dog-avenging angle.

Considering how well people responded to the first John Wick, it's to be expected that fans of the first movie will give the sequel(s) a chance. Then again, it’s not like fans haven’t been disappointed before by sequels that star Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne.

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NEXT: John Wick 2 Picks Up 4 Days After First Movie

John Wick: Chapter Two opens in U.S. theaters on February 10, 2017. We'll bring you more information on John Wick 3 as it becomes available.

Source: Collider

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