The world of John Wick is a puzzle field. Every installment has revealed extra concerning the murderer underworld, detailing the community of killers far past simply New York Metropolis. And, weirdly, it’s suffering from the identical sort of bureaucratic infighting you’d discover in any workplace setting. The third installment isn’t any exception, sending John (Keanu Reeves) throughout the globe and again once more, encountering members of the bigger murderer world alongside the best way.
However after the occasions of John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum have we seen the final of the Baba Yaga? And what does the way forward for the franchise have in retailer? Polygon spoke with the screenwriter to search out out extra.
[Ed. be aware: Main spoilers for John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum comply with.]
Slightly than being the ultimate piece of a John Wick trilogy, Parabellum ends on a cliffhanger, establishing the dominos for a significant shake-up and continuation.
Because the movie ends, John has been betrayed by his longtime buddy Winston (Ian McShane), who has chosen to sacrifice him to The Excessive Desk in order to maintain management over New York department of The Continental. The Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne), who additionally almost died by the hands of the Desk, saves John’s life, transporting him to security after his fall from the roof of the lodge. Neither have something to lose, and each have been underestimated by those that would try and oust them. They haven’t simply survived the ordeal; they’re now out for revenge.
“In the first couple of drafts, we did quote unquote end it,” defined Derek Kolstad, who created the collection. “But even in that ending that we wrote, it still left it open to the world, but more along the lines of your gunslinger riding off into the sunset. But over time and over process, let’s be honest, Keanu loves this movie, loves this character. Chad loves this world. […] There was a larger world to explore and they wanted to delve into it.”
Although it’s pretty clear what John Wick will stand up to subsequent (revenge!), there’s a whole world that’s left to dig into. Quite a few characters who’ve been launched in short appearances in John’s story who might simply anchor their very own spinoffs. Halle Berry’s Sofia, as an example, or The Tailor and The Sommelier from the second movie could possibly be expanded.
There’s additionally the concept there may be an entity that even John Wick can’t deal with. “In a world where everyone fears the Baba Yaga, fears John Wick, who does John fear?” wonders Kolstad. “Is there the Bogeyman of the Bogey man?”
The probabilities are countless on condition that the infrastructure holding the assassins collectively has, based on Kolstad, been in place for at the very least 2000 years. “I think as the franchise goes on that we’d become more international,” Kolstad stated, noting that there are Continentals in each metropolis and citing Rio de Janeiro, Beijing, Shanghai, and Singapore as potential places. Nonetheless, “in many ways the heart and the soul of this movie, this franchise, these characters, will be New York.”
Nonetheless, there’ll be loads of room for development on condition that one of many deliberate Wickiverse continuations is a TV collection tentatively titled The Continental. Although Kolstad is a non-writing govt producer on the present (whereas he wrote the scripts for the primary two John Wick motion pictures and co-wrote the script of the third), he dug into a number of the prospects. “Honestly, if it’s going back to a Continental TV show, I want to see what the kitchen looks like. I want to see who cleans the rooms. I want to see who’s the janitor.”
It’s an enlargement of Wick lore that feels in keeping with the nice franchise of our age: the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The opposite Wick film in growth known as Ballerina, the title of which dovetails neatly with the invention that John comes from related origins as Black Window: A home that trains ladies in ballet and boys in wrestling, turning them into professional assassins.
“It really is starting to feel like its own MCU,” Kolstad agreed. “I do know that’s kind of ridiculous when you consider [the fact that] there’s simply been three motion pictures at this level, however there’s a lot life on this universe proper now, it makes good sense. I believe quite a lot of that comes right down to what the MCU has achieved so nicely. It by no means felt to me like at any level these motion pictures have been speaking right down to the viewers simply as in John Wick they’re not speaking right down to you. They’re anticipating you to catch up they usually’re unveiling a world to you that doesn’t have to explain itself to you. You’re strapping in for the journey and peeling again the layers of the onion.”
What makes the John Wick universe much more particular, nonetheless, has every little thing to do with its star. As identified by Kolstad, Reeves has acknowledged a dislike of sequels and franchises, so it’s a blessing and a shock that he’s so married to John Wick. “He has made this character his own and he just wants to run with it for as long as he wants to run with it,” Kolstad stated. As for the place he’s working to, we’ll simply have to attend to search out out. “It’s like, well, where the fuck do we go now? The reality is we’re figuring it out.”