Over the last few years, action fans have been blessed with two installments in the John Wick franchise. It’s easily the biggest and best action series going. (We can debate the best portion of that statement, but as far as this style of non-superhero, non-giant-robot action goes, it’s by far the biggest—most of this ilk heads straight to DTV.) Thank whatever higher power you prefer, John Wick: Chapter 3 is on the way, and it now has a first synopsis.
If you remember, last time we left Keanu Reeves’ titular hitman who just can’t retire, he was about to be in a world of shit after killing a dude on the hallowed grounds of the Continental. As part of the mythology of this world where everyone is immersed in the world of assassins and organized crime, that’s a big no-no. (It kind of bums me out, because I’ve had an idea for a book that involves a hobo crime sect, but they beat me to it.)
At CinemaCon (via Collider), Lionsgate rolled out this synopsis. (They also unveiled a poster, but it’s literally just a black rectangle with the words “John Wick: Chapter 3” written on it.) It doesn’t reveal much, but it looks like John Wick: Chapter 3 picks up immediately after the last chapter leaves off:
John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is on the run for two reasons… he’s being hunted for a global $14 million dollar open contract on his life, and for breaking a central rule: taking a life on Continental Hotel grounds. The victim was a member of the High Table who ordered the open contract. John should have already been executed, except the Continental’s manager, Winston, has given him a one-hour grace period before he’s “Excommunicado” – membership revoked, banned from all services and cut off from other members. John uses the service industry to stay alive as he fights and kills his way out of New York City.
What are the odds that “uses the service industry to stay alive” means John Wick gets a job bussing tables to keep a low profile and not kill people? Yeah, I don’t think that either.
John Wick: Chapter 2 opened up the world of the first film and dove into the world headfirst. It certainly sounds like John Wick: Chapter 3 will continue that trend. With lots of faceless goons being shot in the head, I’m sure. I have hope that it kind of becomes White God, and John Wick somehow raises an army of dogs to do his bidding and fight his enemies. Hey, a guy can dream, right?
Chad Stahelski returns to direct John Wick: Chapter 3, which is currently slated to open on May 17, 2019. It's already my most anticipated movie of next year.