Lionsgate announced on the presentation at Thursday’s CinemaCon that the ‘John Wick’ spin-off ‘Ballerina‘ Starring Ana de Armas production will begin this summer. The film will be directed by Len Wiseman, from a script by John Wick: Parabellum and Army of the Dead writer Shay Hatten. Ballerina follows a young female assassin who seeks revenge on those who killed her family. John Wick director Chad Stahelski will be producing the film with Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee.
Speaking to THR, Stahleski told having Wiseman serve as the film’s director will provide a ‘fresh’ perspective in the John Wick universe. read:
“Having him [Ballerina director Len Wiseman] 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.”
CinemaCon has given a first look trailer at John Wick: Chapter 4. The film is set to debut in theaters on May 7, 2022. Currently, the ‘Ballerina’ release date is unknown.