Rejoice John Wick fans. Chad Stahelski is staying on to direct the film's third installment, John Wick 3.
EW reports that Stahelski will be returning alongside the series' star, Keanu Reeves, who plays the title character. Westworld's Hiroyuki Sanada is also reportedly in talks with the John Wick team to join the cast for the third film.
Stahelski has a busy schedule ahead of him. Stahelski, who was originally a stuntman and started out as a director newbie on John Wick, is rolling with the big dogs now. He has several projects under his sleeve including a TV mini-series called Rain, and two films, Kill or Be Killed and Highlander. He's also working on a John Wick–inspired series, The Continental, which centers around a hotel specifically for assassins. But in the meantime, he already has plans for John Wick 3.
"We want not so much to go bigger on the third one, but to show you more of the intricacies of the world," said Stahelski about the film in an interview with Collider last year. "I feel like there are all these different subtleties that I skipped over in No. 2, that I’d like to go back to on and show you the inner workings of different parts of New York. So rather than massive set pieces, I’d like to show you cooler and more intricate ones."
Stahelski will likely be steering clear of action-packed explosions this time too.
"I think it would be a mistake budget-wise and creatively to just go big and blow up a freeway. That’s not our gig," he said in the same interview. "That’s a comic book or a Bond gig. We want to show you cool and intricate details. What are those little details in everyday life? Hopefully, we make people look at garbage collectors and cleaner vans and homeless people a little differently now."
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