Look, everyone's got their thing. Some people love the MCU. For others, it's the DCEU (if that's even a thing anymore). For me, the modern franchise hill to die on is John Wick. The first movie is amazing. The second movie is even better, and will be talked about in twenty years the same way we discuss John Woo's game-changers like The Killer and Hard Boiled. These movies are bringing true craft back to action cinema, and to say I'm counting the minutes until John Wick: Chapter 3 is an understatement. I'm counting the goddamn nanoseconds.
Now, ahead of the Lionsgate panel at CinemaCon, Collider scored the first plot details on Chapter 3, which should come as no surprise to anyone who was on the edge of their seat when Chapter 2 came to a close:
“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.”
So, a few things. One: duh. We kinda knew Mr. Wick was going to be basically on the run this entire picture. However, this synopsis makes it sound like Chapter 3 is one feature length chase movie, which could be rather thrilling, as it gives director Chad Stahelski plenty of room to craft more all-timer set pieces.
Two: John navigating the "service industry" sounds rather specific, as if he's calling in all the favors he can from the underground network that already aided him on his second "impossible task" in Chapter 2. Hopefully, screenwriter Derek Kolstad populates this "industry" with more colorful weirdos, such as Peter Serafinowicz's scene stealing Sommelier.
Three: this sounds like it's the end of the road for Baba Yaga, one way or another. If he survives, he's got to go into hiding for pretty much the rest of his life. But something tells me he's not going to make it, and all this is added world building to establish the continuously expanding universe that the upcoming Starz series The Continental will explore, along with the spin-off feature Ballerina, which follows a child assassin in the world of John Wick. I'm down for all of it, but also going to be an emotional wreck if we're forced to watch Mr. Wick die after all the grief he's endured.
Either way, we're all gonna find out May 17, 2019, which is when John Wick: Chapter 3 arrives in theaters.