Our current entertainment landscape is built on certain backbones if you will. And one of them is trying to keep certain successful franchises going no matter what. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a great example of this, because after San Diego Comic-Con they revealed their plans going all the way into 2026 and technically beyond. The Fast and the Furious franchise is about to go to 11 mainline movies, Star Wars is getting more and more spinoffs and on it goes. And because of the size of all of these properties, we need people to fill more roles within it. For the director of John Wick, he’s been asked about “the call to come to these properties” and he’s had some interesting thoughts on the matter.
Mainly, director Chad Stahelski says that he loves the freedom that the John Wick franchise is letting him have, he can do what he wants without having to really worry about “source material” that everyone can sight from heart. He also notes that with things like the MCU you have to deal not just with making a great film, but with fan expectations of those films:
“The fans want us to make something that fits in what they’ve kind of seen before. So it’s slightly nostalgic and kind of what they want, but subverted enough to be different and fresh.”
He cited Star Wars and its ever growing Disney+ lineup and noted that they are going to “mess up” eventually as they try and keep delivering unique content in one form or another while still being true to the universe. Noting it’s a “tricky line” that you have to balance on, and it’s less stressful to do something like the John Wick line because it’s more straightforward without all the weight of past history.