Next year’s John Wick 3: Parabellum will reportedly serve as the final installment in the titular assassin’s saga, but that doesn’t mean director Chad Stahelski has finished exploring the treacherous world he inhabits.
Sure enough, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the filmmaker teased his plans for the future, saying that he could stick with this franchise for the rest of his career if the viewer demand was there:
“I enjoy making these movies because there’s no limit. 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.”
As it stands, plans for the franchise beyond the third John Wick still seem pretty vague, but one project that looks to be a go is spinoff series The Continental, with Starz announcing plans for the TV show near the start of this year.
For now, however, the focus is very much on Parabellum, with EW recently sharing some stylish images from the trilogy-closing work. Mostly notably, a new photo shows John Wick alongside series newcomer Sofia, played by Halle Berry, as well as a couple more dogs for whom we wish the best of luck. While John Wick: Chapter 2 ended with our hero and his latest pup on the run with just about the entire assassin community of New York on their tails, Sofia is one killer who could help John stay alive, since the pair apparently have a past together.
Speaking of which, Stahelski has also mentioned that his upcoming threequel will serve as “a little bit of an origin story” for its main character, suggesting that we could be getting some insight on John’s pre-assassin days. We’ll find out what secrets his past holds when John Wick 3: Parabellum hits theaters on May 17th, 2019, by which point, we’ll hopefully have a better idea of what lies in this franchise’s potentially busy future as well.