The long wait is over. The massively anticipated John Wick 3 has officially began shooting.
Dan Laustsen, the cinematographer behind what we can be sure to be a hugely action-packed third film, took to Instagram earlier today to tease the second day of production.
The image itself was a behind the scenes shot of Keanu Reeves standing tall with his back to the camera in the neon-lit streets of New York City. Just that photo alone is getting me hyped up for the threequel.
As you can probably imagine the post, which was fittingly captioned ‘#johnwick3 #day2#chadstahelski #keanureeves #newyork #cinematography #film’, has since received its fair share of love, reports Looper.
And if that wasn’t enough to get you excited as hell for the next film, then take a gander at the title – John Wick 3: Parabellum. For those of you who don’t know, parabellum is the Latin for ‘prepare for war’.
But now we need to ask ourselves, who needs to prepare for war?
Well if the last two films are anything to go by we’re betting it’s everyone who’s not John Wick, who’ll be more dangerous than ever, now he no longer has to play by the rules.
According to Screen Rant, John Wick: Chapter 3’s plot has been kept under wraps but we can assume it will pick up right after the end of its 2017 predecessor.
At the end of the last film (spoiler alert) John Wick had committed the cardinal sin by killing another assassin at The Continental Hotel, a neutral ground for assassins. His actions led to him being disavowed by the guild and a huge bounty being placed on his head.
Chad Stahelski, who helmed the first two films, will be back in the director’s chair and screenwriter Derek Kolstad will be returning as well to pen the script. The hyper-violent John Wick: Chapter 2 was a solid box office hit for film studio Lionsgate, raking in $92 million (over £80 million) in the US.
First ‘John Wick Chapter 3′ Promo Poster and Synopsis Revealed. With CinemaCon in full swing this week, Lionsgate trotted out their upcoming lineup today, including a first look at the synopsis for the latest sequel. https://t.co/nma4o8WDmr #keanureeves pic.twitter.com/jpHlU44JB2
— Kat (@Keanuital) April 26, 2018
The official synopsis, as reported by Collider, reads:
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.
Away from the film, there are also plans to make a series exploring the expanded universe and the mysterious Continental Hotel, which is a safe haven for the world’s deadliest assassins.
The series, titled The Continental has been picked up by American TV network Starz.
John Wick Chapter Three is set for release on May 16, 2019 and we absolutely cannot wait. Surely it’s going to live up to the hype.
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