By Creative Media Times
The next chapter of the sleeper hit John Wick series is officially in the works, and will now open within the heat of summer movie-going season as Lionsgate has set a release date of “John Wick: Chapter 3” to May 17, 2019, this according to Hollywood Reporter.
The film is currently the only major studio film unveiling on the date before the big Memorial Day weekend which will see Aladdin and Minecraft open.
The release date demonstrate how the series evolved into a summer tentpole from its humble beginnings. In 2014, the first Wick film was a surprise boxoffice hit, grossing $88 million worldwide on a $29 million budget, while the first sequel earlier this year grossed $171.5 million. Critical response to both films were also positive.
Screenwriter Derek Kolstad, who wrote the first two installments, will return to write Chapter 3. Director Chad Stahelski helmed both Wick films with David Leitch co-directing the first installment.
The action packed neo-noir thriller John Wick focused on retired hitman John Wick (played by Keanu Reeves) as he seeks vengeance for the theft of his car and death of his puppy. Wick returned in the sequel, this time on the run after a large bounty is placed on his head. There are currently no plot details about Chapter Three.