People keep asking if he's back, and on February 10 we think he will be. John Wick: Chapter 2 is slated to debut in theaters in less than two weeks, and it's a welcome return to the universe of Keanu Reeves' deadly super assassin. John Wick has become a fan-favorite franchise after only one movie, but what are the odds that we will ever see a TV series exploring John's world? According to John Wick director Chad Stahelski: it's something that's already been considered. The director explained:
We basically almost have a prequel written, but 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. We'd like to wrap-up the story we're telling now and maybe save all our prequel ideas and impossible task ideas for that medium.
A John Wick television series is one of those million dollar ideas that we will always kick ourselves for not considering first, and Chad Stahelski's comments to /Film pretty much sum up why it would work so well. While John Wick features a strong story, stellar characters, and some truly spectacular action, the thing that sets it apart from other action movies of a similar ilk is how thoroughly realized the world feels. The John Wick universe has customs, currency, and firmly established rules that make it feel as lived in as our own real world. There's only so much that a filmmaker can do in a two-hour movie (even with a big budget) but a serialized TV series affords the team behind John Wick far more time and opportunity to explore the ins and outs of New York's seedy yet elegant criminal underworld.
There's already ample room for a prequel set in this universe. The original John Wick mentions that John was tasked with completing an impossible assignment to retire from his life of crime with the love of his life. If Stahelski and the folks at Lionsgate want to explore the origins of this stone cold killer, it would be easy to go into the John Wick lore and hash out the years leading up to that impossible mission.
Of course, if a John Wick series ever does materialize, we think a streaming service like Netflix or a premium cable network such as HBO or Starz might be the only proper way to make it a reality. Part of the charm of John Wick is the sheer amount of brutality depicted in its grisly stories, so the powers that be behind the series need to make sure that they can maintain the integrity of that violence. Neutering the violence would neuter the world of John Wick as a whole.
A John Wick TV show is not set in stone yet, but we will bring you more updates related to the John Wick universe as more information becomes available to us. Keanu Reeves will return as the badass criminal assassin when John Wick: Chapter 2 debuts in theaters on February 10. For now, check out our midseason premiere guide for more information regarding all of the most highly anticipated spring television debuts.