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Ballerina – Chad Stahelski talks about the John Wick spin-off

Chad Stahelski is busy developing John Wick: Chapter 4 and a new Highlander movie. He is also producing Ballerina, which is a spin-off from the world of John Wick.

The story — written by Shay Hatten, Writer’s Assistant for Team Downey — involves a young woman who is raised to be an assassin, pursuing revenge on the hit men who killed her family.

The film will follow the same ballerina previously portrayed by Unity Phelan in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

Stahelski was recently interviewed by THR about the new film and the news that Len Wiseman could be directing it.

I’m a producer on Ballerina, and Len’s name came up; I think Basil Iwanyk, who’s the main producer on Ballerina, brought it up. I actually have known Len for a while. I worked for him when he was directing Live Free or Die Hard. I worked for him as a stuntman on the show. So, I met him a while ago, and I love Len. He’s very creative. He’s a very visual director. He has a great sense of style. It was very interesting. I think Len had contacted Basil about it and said that he’s got a take. I think he had read Ballerina first. You’d have to check with Len, but I think he’d read a version of Ballerina and somehow got it in his head. He had a take that he wanted to pitch to Basil about how Ballerina fit into the John Wick world and how he could really spin it and put his taste on it. So, Basil and Thunder Road heard the pitch, and they wanted me to hear it. So, I went to dinner with Len, and he pitched me on his ideas and what he wanted to do with it. I already think he’s a really good director, and I think he gets the tone. I think he understands action, and I think he’s got a good visual style. And right off the bat, I was like, “Oh, we’ve got to get this guy. He gets it.” So, right now, I know that him and Shay are developing Ballerina. I’m not exactly sure what stage it’s at, but it’s something I know that both Lionsgate, Thunder Road and myself would like to see happen sooner rather than later. And from what I’ve heard recently, they’ve got a good angle on it and they’re actively developing.

The director has a lot to do, especially someone as stylistic and as good as Len is. Having him on board and approaching some of the action design from a slightly different perspective, meaning the set pieces, the character involvement, how and what he wants to do during the action sequences, makes it kind of fresh. So, we’re not just copying ourselves over and over again with gun-fu or something like that. And because the character is different, we’re going to get a different take on things. But as far as the level, the competence or the style of action? Yes. I plan to be there to assist whenever I can. And our 87eleven stunt team will be very actively involved in helping Len in all his action needs.

The project is still in its early days, but there is a lot of potential here.

What would you like to see in the Ballerina movie and who could play the main character?

John Wick: Chapter 4 is due out on 7th May 2022.

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