John Wick: Parabellum director Chad Stahelski thinks that, provided the upcoming film is successful, the franchise could go on for a very, very long time.
“I enjoy making these movies because there’s no limit,” Stahelski told Entertainment Weekly. “We create our own mythology, and we have a studio that both stays out of our way and supports us on the wacky decisions. If people go see the movie, and it makes money, and they came back to us, Keanu and I have ideas for days. I could live here for the rest of my career. If people like it and want to watch more, I could think of way worse ways to spend your career. But, you know, we’re in the entertainment business. We’ll let the audience figure that out.”
In addition to directing John Wick: Parabellum, Stahelski will serve as an executive producer on a spinoff TV series centered around the franchise's Continental Hotel, a neutral spot where no business can be carried out.
The upcoming third installment of the popular action franchise sees Wick trying to escape from New York after breaking the cardinal rule of the secret assassin society by killing a fellow member on the grounds of the Continental Hotel. With a $14 million open contract on his life, Wick is stripped of all his usual allies and must seek out new help if he hopes to escape the city alive. Despite rumors to the contrary, Common -- who played Cassian in John Wick 2 -- will not reprise his role in the franchise's third film.
Directed by Chad Stahelski, John Wick: Parabellum stars returning actors Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane and Laurence Fishburne. They are joined by newcomers Halle Berry, Anjelica Huston, Hiroyuki Sanada, Jason Mantzoukas, Mark Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillon, Yayan Ruhian, Cecep Arif Rahman and Tiger Hu Chen. It is scheduled to open on May 17, 2019.