According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lionsgate has come out the winner of a bidding war for a female-centric spec action script titled Ballerina — beating out the likes of Warner Bros. and Universal — and that the studio plans to use it as a spring board as a possible John Wick spinoff (aka creating a cinematic universe based on Keanu Reeves’ badass character).
Written by Shay Hatten, Ballerina is described as being similar to La Femme Nikita, the 1990 female-centric assassin movie that launched Luc Besson’s career, but with a “more pulpy, hyper-stylized bent a la Quentin Tarantino or Matthew Vaughn.” Basil Iwanyk will produce the movie through his Thunder Road banner, which also produces the John Wick movies.
Details about the movie are being kept under wraps, but the story will apparently center on a young woman raised to become an assassin who goes on the hunt for the ones (other assassins) that killed her family. The script hit the studios last week and sources say Lionsgate saw in Ballerina the potential to further expland its successful John Wick movie franchise, which currently has a third film in the works.
Cinematic universes are all the rage right now. Marvel and Disney kickstarted everything with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Warner Bros. followed suit with their DC Extended Universe as well as one based on James Wan’s The Conjuring, Universal has united its monster movies under a Dark Universe oh, and let’s not forget Paramount’s Transformers cinematic universe and so on.
What do you think of a possible John Wick cinematic universe?