They stole his car, they killed his dog and they haven't even released his sequel yet but John Wick is being dragged out of retirement once more for a prequel TV series. Director Chad Stahelski, while talking through the origins of John Wick: Chapter 2, opened up to SlashFilm about the proposed small screen spinoff.
"We’re not doing a prequel [with Chapter 2]," he explains. "We wanted to, it just didn’t fit quite where we’re at…. 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."
The prospect of watching Wick tear up the Russian underworld as their 'Baba Yaga' and seeing just exactly how he killed that guy with a pencil is quite the prospect. However, with the films' signature gun-fu and precision ultra-violence hardly compatible with network sensibilities, we can only hope such a show finds the home it deserves, where executives aren't scared by a little flying claret. Netflix, are you paying attention?
John Wick: Chapter 2 is out in the UK on 17 February.