John Wick Director Chad Stahelski Set To Helm an Adaptation of The Twisted Comic Kill Or Be Killed

John Wick director Chad Stahelski has jumped on board a new film project with his producing partner Basil Lwanyk, and it's a good one! He is set to helm a feature film adaptation of the Image Comics comic book Kill or Be Killed from Ed Brubaker, who is best known for his work on Captain America and the creator of the Winter Soldier. 

If you're not familiar with the story, it follows a depressed college student who attempts to commit suicide. "He survives due to unlikely events but is soon visited by a demon who explains that he was the one who spared the student's life. But there's a price to be paid: Going forward, the young man will be allowed to live one month for every person he kills."

That's such a fascinating and dark concept that will certainly make for a crazy film and it's a great project for Stahelski to take on.
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Ant-Man screenwriters join Highlander reboot

Last November it was announced that John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2 helmer Chad Stahelski had boarded Lionsgate’s long-planned Highlander reboot, and now it seems the project has enlisted new screenwriters.

According to Omega Underground, Ant-Man scribes Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari have signed on to work on the script for the remake of the 1986 fantasy, which is also reportedly looking to shoot in South Africa.

In addition to the Marvel sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp, Barrer and Ferrari are also attached to the Russo brothers’ Quantum and Woody TV series, and have also scripted the drama Die in a Gunfight, which has Olivia Munn, Kaya Scodelario and Jush Hutcherson set to star.

See Also: Why Chad Stahelski is the perfect choice to reboot Highlander

A reboot of Highlander has been in development for the best part of a decade, with Justin Lin (Star Trek Beyond), Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
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Highlander reboot: new writers hired, shoot latest

Simon Brew Dec 13, 2017

Ant-Man scribes have signed up to the Highlander reboot...

The planned reboot of the Highlander movie has edged a bit further forward, and looks like it might finally be happening this time around.

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John Wick Chapter 2 director Chad Stahelski is the current person at the helm of the movie, and it’s now being reported that new writers have been recruited to push the project forward. Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, who have been working on the Ant-Man movies, have signed up. It’s unclear if they’re doing a polish on Noah Oppenheim existing screenplay for the reboot, or starting afresh.

Furthermore, it looks as if the shoot for the film is set to take place in South Africa. That said, it’s not likely to be soon, as
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Highlander Remake Brings in Ant-Man 2 Writers

There can only be one. Or, in this case, two, when it comes to who is writing the screenplay for the upcoming Highlander reboot. It looks like Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, the screenwriting duo behind Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp, have been brought on board to write the script for the reboot. This project has been talked about for quite some time, but with some fresh writers on board, we may actually see it happen in the not-too-distant future.

According to a new report, Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari are currently writing Highlander, which doesn't yet have a release date. It isn't clear at the moment if they are writing an entirely new draft, or if they're revising Noah Oppenheim's (Jackie, The Maze Runner) version. The duo have been picking up heat lately, as they also have the upcoming thriller Die In a Gunfight in the way, in
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Ferdinand: art director Thomas Cardone interview

Louisa Mellor Dec 11, 2017

To mark this weekend’s release of Ferdinand, from the studio behind the Ice Age films, we chatted to its art director, Thomas Cardone

When art director Tom Cardone talks about designing the style of a film, he could be talking about music. It’s all a matter of rhythm and counterpoint, contrast and dynamics. For Ferdinand, Blue Sky Studio’s adaptation of Munro Leaf’s 1936 children’s book about a Spanish bull who prefers flowers to fighting, Cardone and his team developed a stylised visual language inspired by the rolling landscapes of Southern Spain.

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The goal was to make things “a little more fun than photorealism”, something achieved by sparing, but bold use of colour, comically stretching proportions, and repeating patterns the team discovered in authentic Spanish ceramics in the film’s paving slabs, wooden table tops and more.
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John Wick 3 Will End the Assassin's Journey

John Wick 3 Will End the Assassin's Journey
John Wick: Chapter 2 helped cement the series as one of the best modern action movie franchises Hollywood has going currently. Luckily the movie did quite well at the box office, which means that John Wick 3 is happening, and we aren't going to have to wait forever to see it. Director Chad Stahelski, who co-directed the first John Wick with David Leitch and went solo for John Wick 2, is currently working on the third installment and, if he is good on his word, it could be the final installment. At least for Keanu Reeves' titular character.

Chad Stahelski recently spoke with The Independent about the release of John Wick: Chapter 2 on Blu-ray/DVD. During the interview, he talked a bit about what we can expect from John Wick 3, saying that it will be a "completion" of Wick's journey. Here's what he had to say about it.

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John Wick screenwriter returning for Chapter 3

Although John Wick directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch are currently preoccupied with their work on Highlander and Deadpool 2 respectively, the duo are pressing ahead with their plans for John Wick: Chapter 3, with THR reporting that screenwriter Derek Kolstad has now signed on to pen the script.

Kolstad wrote the original John Wick on spec, and returned for this year’s sequel John Wick: Chapter 2. Both Leitch and Stahelski are working with Kolstad to develop the third movie, with Stahelski also potentially set to direct solo, as he did with Chapter 2.

Lionsgate is aiming to begin production on John Wick: Chapter 3 later in the year, with Keanu Reeves returning in the role of the titular hitman. As yet, there’s no word on a potential release date, but fans do have the upcoming John Wick comic book series to help tide them over.
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John Wick 3 To Bring Back Screenwriter From Previous Films

John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2 are pretty damn solid action flicks. They have just enough story to keeping up the momentum and build the world, but not so much that it bogged down the narrative. Perhaps even most impressively, they are films that utilize actor Keanu Reeves’ stronger aspects as an actors, all while avoiding his weaker ones.

The first film was a huge surprise for most moviegoers, and on the heels of that success, John Wick: Chapter 2 managed to be an incredibly worthy successor to the first one. Of course, because money is a think, and another sequel could lead to the studio attaining more of it, but luckily for fans, star Keanu Reeves are on board for this threequel.

Related: John Wick 3 Filming Details

However, if you still weren’t resting easy at the idea of a seeing yet another sequel hit the big screen,
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Chad Stahelski talks John Wick: Chapter 3, could shoot this year

It looks like we may not have long to wait for the return of Keanu ReevesJohn Wick, as director Chad Stahelski has told Collider that the third instalment in the action franchise could go into production by the end of the year.

“We’re currently in the middle of writing it right now,” said Stahelski. “It’s more of a how fast can we get our shit together. But I would assume that if not by the end of this year, the beginning of next year.”

Stahelski went on to reveal that he’s “super involved” with John Wick: Chapter 3 and is currently acting as a “prep director”, although he may potentially have to hand over the reins to another filmmaker given that he’s also attached to helm the Highlander reboot. However, he still has a very clear vision of where he wants to go with the third movie:

“We want,
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John Wick 3 Is In Progress And May Arrive Sooner Than Expected

John Wick took everyone by surprise when it was released in 2014. Sneaking up on audiences as stealthily as its titular character approaches a target, the film became a modest box office success before gaining a huge fandom on DVD and Blu-ray. This growth in popularity was reflected in the fact that John Wick: Chapter 2 literally doubled the box office take of the first movie – which means attention has immediately focused on a third film. Fans can now dial up their excitement for the next chapter of the saga, as director Chad Stahelski has been discussing John Wick 3 and it sounds like the wait won’t be too long.

Speaking to Collider ahead of the DVD and Blu-ray release of Chapter 2, Stahelski gave an update on the status of the third instalment, which has yet to be officially announced.

“Yeah — we’re currently in the middle of writing it right now.
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Chad Stahelski reveals John Wick 3 could be here a lot sooner than you think.

Author: Zehra Phelan

In a recent interview with Collider, John Wick Chapter 2 director Chad Stahelski divulged some crucial information on the status of a third saga in the popular action franchise where Keanu Reeves gets to beat up a few bad people with nonchalant grace.

Related: Chad Stahelski Interview on John Wick: Chapter 2

Firstly, and the most important thing to reveal was how long we have to wait before we get to witness Wick’s escapades as the door was left wide open for a sequel to Chapter 2. Whilst the Wick team are busy in the middle of writing the screenplay, actual filming doesn’t look set to start until early next year. It’s too early to confirm a release date but guessing from this revelation, 2019 looks set to set light to that wick.

“We’re currently in the middle of writing it right now,” Stahelski said of the film’s status,
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John Wick Chapter 3 Filming Details

Collider sat down with Chad Stahelski, director of John Wick and John Wick Chapter 2, to discuss the release of John Wick Chapter 2 to home video as well as the status of John Wick Chapter 3. They also discussed the possibility that another director may be involved in the third film based on Stahleski's busy schedule thanks to his involvement in the Highlander reboot.

Talking about the pre-production status:

“Yeah — we’re currently in the middle of writing it right now,” Stahelski said of the film’s status, and it seems like the film pretty much has a greenlight; it’s just waiting on the filmmakers to get everything into place. When asked when they might start filming, Stahelski replied, “It’s more of a how fast can we get our shit together. But I would assume that if not by the end of this year, the beginning of next year.”

That's exciting news.
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John Wick: Chapter 3 Story Details Teased By Director Chad Stahelski

We can't get enough of John Wick, and now only a couple weeks ahead of the Blu-Ray release of John Wick: Chapter 2 we're learning more about the third installment of the Keanu Reeve's action series. Collider spoke with John Wick: Chapter 2 director Chad Stahelski about the home release when he spoke about the status of John Wick 3. He said they are currently writing it and hope to start shooting by the end of this year or beginning of next.

Stahelski said they have a clear direction of where they want the story to go.

“We want, not so much to go bigger on the third one, but to show you more of the intricacies of the world… I feel like there are all these different subtleties that I skipped over in Number Two, that I’d like to go back to on [chapter three] and show you the inner workings
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Lionsgate Hires Olive Uniacke, Promotes Nirokhi Raychaudhuri (Exclusive)

Bolstering its motion picture group executive roster, Lionsgate has hired veteran Olive Uniacke and promoted Nirokhi Raychaudhuri to VP of production and development slots.

The hires come on the heels of a successful awards season for the studio with “La La Land” and “Hacksaw Ridge.”

“Both Olive and Nirokhi bring a sharp and distinctive eye, whipsmart taste, and have shown great ability to spot talent early on, to find exciting IP and to work with the best and most dynamic new voices in our business,” said Erik Feig, co-president of the motion picture group.

Uniacke began her career as a production assistant on the Harry Potter franchise, and “X-Men: First Class.” She assisted producer Neal Moritz on “Fast 6” in London, joined management company 42 and worked on “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” and “The Titan.” She is an associate producer on Netflix’s “Sand Castle,” “Collide” and “In Darkness.”

“She’s really energetic,
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'Highlander' Creator Gregory Widen to Pen Lionsgate's 'Black Samurai'

'Highlander' Creator Gregory Widen to Pen Lionsgate's 'Black Samurai'
Yasuke is one step closer to the big screen.

Lionsgate has tapped Highlander creator Gregory Widen to script Black Samurai, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Michael De Luca and Stephen L’Heureux are producing the film as a co-production between Solipsist Films and De Luca Productions.

The period action drama is based on the historical tale of Yasuke, who is known to be the first black samurai to serve a warlord in Japan. Under a warlord named Oda Nobunaga in the mid-1500s, he is known to be the only known African to reach that ranking in feudal Japan.

Widen co-wrote Highlander, the 1986 film about...
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Bloodshot movie finds its director in Mass Effect 2 and BioShock Infinite trailer creator

It’s been a long time since we’d heard any news from Sony’s Valiant Comics shared universe, but it has been announced at their Emerald City Comic Con panel (via the good chaps at Bleeding Cool) that Bloodshot has found its director.

The film will be helmed by first-time director Dave Wilson, who worked alongside Deadpool‘s Tim Miller at Blur Studio, acting as the cinematic trailer director for titles like Mass Effect 2, Bioshock: Infinite and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II. He also worked as a creative supervisor on Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Bloodshot was originally set to be directed by David Leitch and Chad Stahelski (John Wick), who have not only become very busy but are no longer working together. Leitch is stepping behind the camera for Deadpool 2, while Stahelski brought us this year’s John Wick: Chapter Two before beginning work on his Highlander reboot.
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Keanu Reeves Knows How John Wick 3 Should Begin

Keanu Reeves Knows How John Wick 3 Should Begin
Movie studios are on an endless quest for their next big franchise, but sometimes they come from a very unexpected place. Such is the case with John Wick, an unlikely hit as an under-the-radar action movie starring Keanu Reeves that was released in 2014. The sequel, John Wick: Chapter 2, has already done well enough to be considered a success, meaning that Lionsgate has themselves a successful action franchise. So, what could John Wick 3 be about? Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahelski have some ideas.

Warning: there are minor spoilers ahead for John Wick: Chapter 2. Both Keanu Reeves and Chad Stahelski were recently guests on the Empire Podcast. At one point, the conversation turned toward John Wick 3, should that wind up happening, and what the movie could be about. Here is what Keanu Reeves suggested could take place in the possible sequel's opening sequence.

"I think the opening of the
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Chad Stahelski interview: John Wick 2, Highlander

Matt Edwards Feb 17, 2017

The director of John Wick 2 on fight scenes, Keanu Reeves, the Highlander remake, Jason Statham and John Wick 3...

With John Wick co-director David Leicht off directing Deadpool 2, Chad Stahelski returns to take sole control over follow up to the brilliant, Keanu Reeves starring shoot ‘em up. We sat down with the former stuntman to talk about how he creates such beautiful carnage in John Wick Chapter 2, as well as grabbing updates on the future of the John Wick franchise and his upcoming Highlander remake.

Why John Wick 2? Why’ve you made a second one?

There’s all the fiduciary reasons for the studio. For me, on a personal level, we were very fortunate. The first movie did really well. My partner Dave (Leicht), and I got a lot of other offers to do projects and step into other people’s shoes and do other sequels.
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Exclusive: Director Chad Stahelski on the influence James Cameron & musicals had on John Wick 2

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Author: Scott Davis

This weekend sees the long-awaited release of action sequel John Wick 2, which sees Keanu Reeves reprise his role as the legendary hitman who is forced out of retirement for good. You can see our chat with the man himself here but we also spoke to the film’s director Chad Stahelski which you can view in the player below.

A co-director with David Leitch on the first film, Stahelski makes his solo directorial debut with the sequel, and speaking to Scott Davis about the film, he said that he was well aware of the reviews the film is getting and that he feels such things are healthy for filmmakers:

“Shocked – we tried to read everyone, I think it’s healthy as a director. You try not to take it to heart when they say good or bad but you want to know if you’re being interpreted right.
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John Wick: Chapter 2 Director Wants A Shot At James Bond

After the success of John Wick, stuntman turned director Chad Stahelski found himself with offers flooding in. However, unlike his co-director, David Leitch, who departed for The Coldest City and Deadpool 2, Stahelski stayed on board the Keanu Reeves-led action series and this weekend he brought us John Wick: Chapter 2. Another bloody, thrilling and wholly enjoyable flick, it undoubtedly opened up even more doors for the filmmaker, and where he’ll go next is anyone’s guess.

So far, he’s still attached to the Highlander reboot, but aside from that, it doesn’t look like he’s got anything lined up. While we’re sure things won’t stay that way for long, it seems that Stahelski’s already eyeing his dream project: James Bond. In a recent interview with Movie Web, the director mentioned that the iconic franchise needs to be reinvented and that he’d
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