Keanu Reeves Producing ‘John Wick’ Spinoff, ‘Ballerina’
You can climb off the Keanu Reeves train if you want to, but why do that when it’s been such an entertaining ride? We know it’s almost been six months since John Wick 3 was released and fans are already looking forward to part four, but the season of Keanu is not over.
Reeves is working on Bill & Ted 3, has signed on for the Matrix reboot, and is attached to the John Wick spinoff series, The Continental. But now it’s just been announced he’ll be keeping the winning Wick streak alive with a new project.
A female-led John Wick spinoff is coming
With so much going on with cinema right now, it’s possible you missed the 2017 announcement about the John Wick spinoff film, Ballerina. Remember the assassins’ training hub helmed by Angelica Huston’s character in Parabellum?
Professional dancer Unity Phelan appeared as a ballerina learning to become a killer in the film under the guidance of Huston’s “Director.” Building off that angle, the Ballerina film will focus on a hitwoman.
According to Variety, the story centers on a young woman who was groomed as an assassin and grows up to seek out those who murdered her family. A script has already been written and it’s being compared to 1990’s La Femme Nikita, the foundation for TV’s Nikita and Point of No Return.
Reeves is connected to ‘Ballerina’
It’s been reported that Reeves is on board to executive produce Ballerina, which makes sense given his reign in the John Wick universe. Deadline notes that it hasn’t been confirmed if he’ll be in the movie, but fans can at least hope for a cameo.
Reeves’ character briefly encountered Phelan’s “Ballerina” when he went to visit The Director in Russia/Belarus for assistance. Wick himself came up under her tutelage so it will be interesting to see if there are interwoven storylines for Ballerina.
Who else is involved with ‘Ballerina’?
Deadline also reported that the movie has secured Len Wiseman as the director, who’s previously helmed the Underworld movies and 2012’s Total Recall. He’s also worked on television’s Sleepy Hollow, Lucifer, and Swamp Thing.
The script was penned by 25-year-old Shay Hatten, the same writer behind John Wick: Chapter 3 and Army of the Dead. Joining Reeves on the producers’ team is Chad Stahelski, the director of the entire John Wick franchise.
Stahelski and Reeves are also working behind the scenes on The Continental, the Starz TV prequel series about the neutral luxury hotel in New York where international assassins gather. Could there be some of sort crossover? Only time and the stories will tell.
Hatten sold his script to Lionsgate in 2017, but there’s no word on when production on Ballerina will begin. John Wick 4 is due to be released in 2021, so perhaps both films will drop within the same frame of time.
John Wick 3 grossed nearly $500 million worldwide and this week, has seen optimal sales as a home entertainment product. As the John Wick universe continues to expand, we can probably expect to see Reeves’ name tagged onto more projects.