A JOHN WICK Prequel Series Is Being Considered by Lionsgate
I love the world that was created around Keanu Reeves' character John Wick. There's never a dull moment as it seems like there's always somebody who is ready for an ass-kicking. John Wick: Chapter 2 has yet to be released, but director Chad Stahelski and screenwriter Derek Kolstad have a lot of stories to tell in this world with this character. We have no idea how many chapters there will be in this franchise, but one thing that Lionsgate is actually considering is a prequel TV series!
During a recent press event for John Wick: Chapter 2, Stahelski revealed the news to /Film, saying:
"Well, we’re not doing a prequel [with Chapter 2]. We wanted to, it just didn’t fit quite where we’re at…. We basically almost have a prequel written, but we’d save that for other aspects of the property. Lionsgate is very interested in doing a John Wick TV show, and that seems very appealing to us, to give those creative ideas to that entity, because I think in TV you could really expand on what that is, and greater than we could in just a two-hour film. We’d like to wrap-up the story we’re telling now and maybe save all our prequel ideas and impossible task ideas for that medium."
So not only is Lionsgate on board for a prequel series, but so are Stahelski and Kolstad. I'd love to see John Wick explored in a TV series. There's so much more story they could tell with a series and so much more brutal action they could show off. It's obviously too early to tell if they would want Reeves to come back and reprise his role, but with the how much better TV is these days, attracting big name stars and directors, who's to say Reeves wouldn't at least consider doing at least a limited series if that's the direction the creative team wants to go? We know that he loves the character, but does he love the character enough to come back and play John Wick for TV? I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Of course, if it's a prequel series, they might want to explore a much younger version of Wick.
Hopefully, somewhere down the line, this whole John Wick prequel series idea moves beyond just talk and into development because I want to see it happen. What are your thoughts on a possible John Wick series?