- Director Chad Stahelski announces a new John Wick television series and an anime series for the franchise.
- The TV show will delve deeper into The High Table and its representatives, while the anime will make use of the storytelling capabilities in that medium.
- Stahelski is eager to explore new characters and expand the universe of John Wick through upcoming projects, returning fan-favorite actors like Donnie Yen and Shamier Anderson.
Chad Stahelski, the director behind the John Wick franchise, shared news of a TV series and an anime series based on the popular action films. In an interview with The Playlist, the filmmaker expressed his enthusiasm in expanding the world of John Wick beyond movies and the TV spinoff, The Continental: From the World of John Wick. He aims to bring back actors like Donnie Yen and Shamier Anderson in these new projects.
Stahelski explained that The High Table, an important concept in the film universe, will be further explored in the TV show. He stated that he wants to maintain some mystery around the characters, showing representatives rather than the entire High Table. He emphasized that the new TV show will be separate from the previously announced spinoff, The Continental, planning to focus on new characters introduced in John Wick: Chapter 4.
According to Stahelski, popular characters such as Donnie Yen’s Caine and Rina Sawayama’s Shimazu Akira from the fourth film might get more opportunities to shine in the TV format. He believes that television allows for better exploration of character backgrounds and stories without getting bogged down by first act setup. In addition to the TV show, Stahelski revealed plans for a John Wick anime series, showcasing his excitement for the genre and the chance to tell stories that might not be achievable in live-action.
The next film in the John Wick franchise, Ballerina starring Ana de Armas, is set to release on June 7, 2024.