After three lucrative installments, the studio behind the John Wick franchise is eager to continue its run of success. John Wick 4 is already in the pipeline for a 2021 release, and now a spin-off feature film is also in the works.
The title character of Ballerina will be a young female assassin and, you guessed it, ballet dancer seeking revenge on the people who killed her family, which is pretty similar to the plot of the first John Wick movie when you think about it.
Ballerina briefly appears in John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, where she is played by Unity Phelan, but casting decisions for the spin-off have not been made. The writer of that film, Shay Hatten, is set to write the Ballerina script.
Keanu Reeves will be an executive producer on the film. Whether or not he makes an appearance is undecided, but if he does it will more than likely be in a cameo. Directing will be Len Wiseman, who helmed the first two films in the Underworld series, a female-centric action-horror franchise.
Ballerina joins the previously announced The Continental, a television series focusing on the safe-haven hotel for hitmen seen in the franchise, in the expanding John Wick universe. It will be a prequel to the films slated to air on Starz early next year.
Is the development of so many sequels and spin-offs a sign of Hollywood’s overreliance on proven intellectual property? Of course, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t be fun to watch, a fact that the first two sequels proves.