Not content to have a second film on the way, reluctant hit man John Wick is poised to target a new comic book series as well.
In addition to the anticipated theatrical bow of “John Wick: Chapter 2,” Dynamite Entertainment and Lionsgate Entertainment have announced that they’ve teamed up to bring Keanu Reeves’ fan-favorite character to a new medium in 2017.
“John Wick was such an exciting film, mixing martial arts action with snappy dialogue and smart writing,” Dynamite CEO and Publisher Nick Barrucci said in a statement. “As the credits rolled, you were left wanting more, and it was obvious that they had the makings of a franchise. We were quick to pursue the opportunity to develop a comic book series, and are thrilled to have been granted the rights to tell all-new stories with the character!”
“A comic series is the perfect vehicle to engage in a different way with fans as well as expand the John Wick universe,” Added Sheila Clarke, SVP Global Consumer Products Lionsgate Entertainment. “We found a great partner in industry leader Dynamite Entertainment who shared our passion and enthusiasm for the franchise.”
No creative team has been announced, though Dynamite has provided pencil tests of John Wick by artist Giovanni Valletta. Similarly, no mention of whether Wick’s dog will factor into the new series was made in the release.
When”John Wick: Chapter 2″ arrives in theaters, Keanu Reeves will be joined by returning cast members John Leguizamo, Bridget Moynahan, Tom Sadowski, Ian McShane and Lance Reddick, along with several new faces, including his “Matrix” series co-star Laurence Fishburne.
Produced for just $20 million, “John Wick” became a surprise 2014 hit for Lionsgate, grossing $78.7 million worldwide.
Directed by Chad Stahelski from a script by Derek Kolstad, the film also stars Common, Riccardo Scamarcio, Laurence Fishburne, Ruby Rose, Bridget Moynahan, Lance Reddick, Franco Nero, with John Leguizamo and Ian McShane. “John Wick: Chapter 2” arrives in theaters Feb. 10.
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