The huge success of this year’s John Wick: Chapter 3–Parabellum proved that there is plenty of life left in the action franchise. The fourth movie is due in 2021, and there’s also the TV spin-off The Continental on the way too. It’s now been confirmed that a spin-off movie titled Ballerina is also happening.
According to Deadline, Ballerina will focus on a young female assassin who is out for revenge after her family is massacred. A character credited as Ballerina appeared in John Wick: Chapter 3, played by real-life ballerina Unity Phelan. However, it is unknown if this is the same character, and no cast has been announced for the movie at this time.
The Ballerina script, which is penned Shay Hatten, was not initially written as a John Wick movie. As The Hollywood Reporter revealed in 2017, it was part of a bidding war between studios; when Lionsgate won, they made plans to turn it into a Wick spin-off. Hatten was also hired to co-write John Wick: Chapter 3 with Wick creator Derek Kolstad.
Ballerina will be directed by Len Wiseman. He is best known for the first two Underworld films, as well as this year’s short-lived DC show Swamp Thing. He also helmed Live Free or Die Hard and the Total Recall remake.
John Wick Chapter 4 releases on May 21, 2021. The video game John Wick Hex was also released today, October 8. Check out the first 17 minutes of gameplay, and read GameSpot’s interview with the game’s creator Mike Bithell.