The female-focused spinoff to the John Wick franchise is moving forward at Lionsgate.
Len Wiseman is coming back to movies after a seven year break from the big screen. His last film was 2012’s Total Recall remake with Colin Farrell, and since then he’s directed episodes of Swamp Thing, Sleepy Hollow and The Gifted, among others. Now, it’s been announced that he will helm Lionsgate’s John Wick spinoff film, Ballerina.
Per Deadline Ballerina “focuses on a young female assassin who seeks revenge against the people who killed her family” and so presumably we’ll be delving into the life of one of Angelica Houston’s brutalized protégés from John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. This will be a female character-driven project written by Shay Hatten, who co-wrote Parabellum and Zack Snyder’s Netflix movie, Army Of The Dead.
There is currently no official lead actress attached to the film.
A fourth John Wick project is officially aiming for a 2021 release date, with Keanu Reeves reprising the role of the near-superhuman assassin. He’s producing Ballerina, too, and may make an appearance as Wick during the film, although that hasn’t been confirmed yet.
Before John Wick 4, Reeves will star in the long-awaited comedy threequel, Bill & Ted Face The Music. After the fourth installment of the John Wick franchise, he’ll then return for… a fourth installment of The Matrix franchise (more on that franchise here).