John Wick Cinematic Universe to Expand with Ballerina Spin-Off


Back in the good old days, a successful movie sequel would only ever lead to more sequels, but after Marvel came along and changed the face of franchise filmmaking everyone in Hollywood is trying to build entire universes instead. What that means is that every minor supporting character has a story to tell and sometimes unnecessary characters are crammed in simply so that they can be expanded upon later. Now Lionsgate is getting into the act with their John Wick series, which is about to expand beyond the titular character. But here’s the weird part: the first spin-off will apparently be based on a character we haven’t even met yet. Hit the jump for more info.

According to THR, Lionsgate has won a bidding war for a female-led action movie spec script titled Ballerina which they are planning to turn into a John Wick spin-off. The movie is described as being similar to La Femme Nikita but “with a more pulpy, hyper-stylized bent a la Quentin Tarantino or Matthew Vaughn.” The story is said to revolve around young woman raised as an assassin who tries to hunt down those responsible for the death of her parents.

The script was written by up-and-comer Shay Hatten, who also had a script called Maximum King! that landed on the 2016 Black List. It seems likely that they will tweak the story so that this character is a part of John Wick’s secret society of assassins. No word on whether John Wick himself will appear, but last we heard John Wick: Chapter 3 is aiming to shoot this fall with Chad Stahelski expected to return to the director’s chair. Are you interested in a John Wick cinematic universe?

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  • Lori Cerny

    “Are you interested in a John Wick cinematic universe?”

    Yes, Sean, yes I am. I want more films where women can be strong, independent, and fucking cool without worrying about being raped or delineated to damsels-in-distress.

    I am a teensy bit nervous that the lead may wind-up being a romantic interest for John Wick, but I’m staying hopeful that they writers don’t follow that old trope.

  • Jake

    Hollywood certainly needs to make more of these kind of movies, but why does it have to be connected to an existing property? It sounds like this person wrote a great script, but the studio just bought it with the intention of re-working it into an existing male-driven action franchise. If I were the screenwriter I would be pretty bummed. Obliviously not too bummed, as they did sell their script.

  • Brian

    I am much more interested in this Maximum King! script. The log line:  An alternate look at how Stephen King wrote and directed his 1985 horror film, ‘Maximum Overdrive’.