Picked up by Lionsgate, ‘Ballerina’ script may pirouette into ‘John Wick’ spinoff

John Wick
Fans of the John Wick franchise starring Keanu Reeves will be excited to hear that Lionsgate has won a bidding war for a possible spinoff, a female-centric action script titled Ballerina.

While most details are being kept secret, the Hollywood Reporter says Ballerina will focus on a young woman raised as an assassin who must hunt down the assassins who killed her family. The film will most likely follow a similar storyline as the John Wick films.

Also pursued by Warner Bros. and Universal, the script Lionsgate picked up is described as being similar to La Femme Nikita, the 1990 film starring Anne Parillaud as a teen junkie who murders a policeman and becomes a skilled assassin.

Basil Iwanyk, whose Thunder Road Pictures company produces the John Wick franchise, will produce Ballerina. Iwanyk is best known for the John Wick franchise, Clash of the Titans, and Sicario. He is currently producing the film The Current War, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon, and will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

The script was written by 23-year-old Shay Hatten, a recent Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television graduate who is currently working as a writer’s assistant for Team Downey, Robert Downey Jr.’s production company

While interning for Team Downey, Hatten wrote Maximum King! in his free time. The script landed on both the 2016 Black List and 2016 Blood List. A dark comedy, Maximum King! takes a fictional look at how Stephen King wrote and directed his horror movie Maximum Overdrive in 1986. That film starred Emilio Estevez (The Breakfast Club), Pat Hingle (Batman), Laura Harrington (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape), and Yeardley Smith (The Simpsons).

The John Wick franchise has been very successful for Iwanyk and Lionsgate. The first John Wick grossed almost $90 million worldwide and John Wick: Chapter Two grossed nearly $170 million worldwide. John Wick 3 was announced earlier this year, with Iwanyk producing.

Cars

Tesla will have ‘autonomous robotaxis’ in 2020, Elon Musk says

Tesla will deploy self-driving cars in a "robotaxi" service in 2020, CEO Elon Musk said at the automaker's Autonomy Investor Day. Musk has promised autonomous Tesla electric cars before, but will he finally deliver this time?
Movies & TV

Disney Plus will have less than 20% of the content available on Netflix

Disney is bringing the full weight of its massive content library to its own streaming service in 2019. How will Disney Plus compare to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime? Here's what we know so far.
Movies & TV

Clip from John Wick: Chapter 3 confirms the dog is totally fine

John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, the third installment of the wildly successful action series that stars Keanu Reeves as a deadly assassin forced out of retirement, hits theaters in May 2019. Here's everything we know about it so far.
Movies & TV

New trailer for Hobbs & Shaw introduces Idris Elba’s Black Superman

A new trailer for Fast & Furious franchise spinoff Hobbs & Shaw has arrived and it ups the ante with even more crazy action featuring stars Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, as well as new addition Idris Elba.
Movies & TV

Best new podcasts of the week of April 13, 2019: Spacebridge and more

Feel like you’re drowning in podcasts? In this weekly series, we’ll help you pick out the best of the new and returning shows. This week’s picks include a spacebridge, love advice, Topher Grace, and bite-sized history.
Movies & TV

Want to make Netflix browsing even easier? Try this useful trick

If you know exactly what category of film you're looking for on Netflix, you'll find this hack for the streaming service useful. It allows you to manually browse genres and subgenres of interest.
Movies & TV

In Avengers: Endgame, Marvel saved its best (and biggest) for last

Marvel Studios concludes its 22-film saga with Avengers: Endgame, the sequel to Avengers: Infinity War and the culmination of more than a decade of movies. It gives fans one of the franchise's most epic and emotional installments so far.
Movies & TV

Watch the Captain Marvel, other MCU post-credits scenes before Avengers: Endgame

Catch up on the Marvel Cinematic Universe's ongoing storyline before Avengers: Endgame's big finale by watching the post-credits scenes for every Marvel film, including Captain Marvel, via Twitter.
Home Theater

Here’s what’s new on HBO and what’s leaving in May 2019

Whether you're a cable lifer or a staunch cord cutter, there's never been a better time to get down with premium TV. May 2019 brings the Deadwood movie, the final episode of Game of Thrones, and the PG-13 version of Deadpool 2 on HBO.
Gaming

Swing Thor’s Stormbreaker during the Fortnite-Avengers: Endgame crossover

Epic Games revealed a new crossover with Marvel and Disney's Avengers: Endgame film, showing off Captain America's shield. Players will also get to summon the powers of a god as well when they wield Thor's Stormbreaker.
Movies & TV

First reactions say that Avengers: Endgame will make you laugh and cry

The events of Avengers: Infinity War changed the Marvel Cinematic Universe in some big ways and left fans wondering how its heroes can possibly recover. Here's everything we know about Avengers: Endgame, the sequel to Infinity War.
Home Theater

From game consoles to 4K UHD spinners, these are the best Blu-ray players

Streaming may be popular, but the disc isn't dead yet. To get the very best picture and sound quality from your system, you need to be watching Blu-ray or 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs, and these are the best Blu-ray players you can buy.
Smart Home

Not only is Chucky back, he haunts your smart home in Child’s Play reboot

Chucky is a classic horror movie villain dating back more than 30 years and the character is getting reimagined in the new reboot coming in June that gives the evil doll control over smart home functions.
Movies & TV

Final trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters promises a giant monster melee

Legendary Pictures has released the final full-length trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the sequel to 2014's Godzilla, which pits the giant lizard against a host of new monstrous threats.