You never run out of targets when you’re the world’s greatest assassin, so John Wick: Chapter 3 will bring Keanu Reeves‘ legendary hitman back to the screen for more bullet-riddled adventures on May 17, 2019. The film is rumored to be kicking off production in April, which means that John Wick will be getting locked and loaded in one way or another in the very near future.
Rumors suggest that John Wick: Chapter 2 director Chad Stahelski will return behind the camera for John Wick: Chapter 3, and screenwriter Derek Kolstad is confirmed to be penning the script for the film, having written the first two installments of the series. Here is everything we know about John Wick: Chapter 3 so far.
Ready, aim, shoot
The third installment of the John Wick franchise will hit theaters in 2019, but cameras are expected to begin rolling near the end of April, according to an unconfirmed report.
A widely circulated report from Omega Underground indicates that the studio plans to begin production on John Wick: Chapter 3 on or around April 26. That mark is a bit earlier than initially expected, and the report goes on to suggest that filming will occur in New York City and Montreal, with the latter city playing the role of the former (much as it did in John Wick: Chapter 2).
Finger on the trigger
John Wick: Chapter 3 was first reported to be entering the pre-production phase in December 2017, with Omega Underground reporting that Kolstad had finished his script and the project is gaining momentum. Although the film still doesn’t have a director attached, casting could begin in the near future — particularly if the studio plans to bring Stahelski back.
Lionsgate announced the release date for the third chapter of the John Wick franchise in September 2017. At the moment, the John Wick sequel is the only movie scheduled to premiere that weekend, but that’s likely to change as the 2019 calendar begins filling up.
A cast of killers
At this point, it’s unknown which cast members will — or even can — return from the previous two installments of the franchise, given the high body count of the sequel. Reeves’ titular assassin, however, will likely be joined by returning cast members Ian McShane, Lance Reddick, and John Leguizamo, who all played key roles in the first two movies.
Reeves has also indicated that he’d like to bring Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton (Doctor Strange, We Need to Talk About Kevin) into the franchise. Speaking to People in September 2017, Reeves welcomed a reunion with Swinton.
“You know, I had the chance to work with her — I was in two films with her [Constantine and Thumbsucker] … I’m on board with that,” he said. “We run into each other once in a while socially out there in the world. She’s a remarkable person and actress, so I’m all aboard with that!”
New targets, new places
Details are scarce regarding the plot of John Wick: Chapter 3, but the second film in the franchise ended on a cliffhanger of sorts, with (spoiler alert) John Wick on the run from the global guild of assassins he once belonged to, with a massive bounty on his head.
“Tell them … tell them all … whoever comes, whoever it is, I’ll kill them. I’ll kill them all,” he tells McShane’s character before running off into New York City with his dog.
Various reports suggest that the film could send John Wick to Tokyo or Jerusalem — something Reeves himself hinted at — or possibly make his way to the United Kingdom or Asia. While doing interviews for the second film, Stahelski indicated a desire to explore John’s origin story a bit deeper in the third film, as well as the hierarchy of the criminal underworld that was teased in John Wick: Chapter 2.
“We are going to put in something about the High Table, how that all works,” Stahelski told The Independent in June 2017. “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.”
One of the surprise hits of 2014, the first John Wick movie raked in $43 million domestically and $88.7 million worldwide with its story of a retired hitman who’s drawn back into his violent past life when a pair of petty criminals with powerful connections push him too far. The film was made for just $20 million and received glowing reviews from professional critics and general audiences alike for its innovative action sequences, making it a surprisingly successful project for co-directors Stahelski and David Leitch. A sequel was announced shortly thereafter, and 2017’s John Wick: Chapter 2 was an even bigger hit, earning $92 million in U.S. theaters and $171.5 million worldwide on a production budget of $40 million, and even more positive reviews than its predecessor.
Updated on March 14: Added rumor regarding the start of production.
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