John Wick Franchise Expands with Confirmation of Fifth Film and Spinoffs
Lionsgate has confirmed that a fifth John Wick film is currently in development, continuing the mainline series. The company’s motion picture group chair, Joe Drake, revealed this information during Lionsgate’s recent earnings call. He also mentioned that the first spinoff, titled Ballerina, will be released next year, and they are working on three other spinoffs, including John Wick 5 and the television series The Continental. The plans for shooting John Wick 4 and 5 back-to-back changed, leading to uncertainty about the future of the mainline film series. However, after the success of John Wick 4 at the box office, Lionsgate has officially moved forward with the early development of John Wick 5. The decision for the franchise’s future was determined by Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahelski over a meeting in Japan. Additionally, Lionsgate has announced two spinoffs: The Continental, a prequel series with Mel Gibson, and Ballerina, a feature-film spinoff starring Ana de Armas. Halle Berry has hinted at a possible spinoff for her character, Sofia Al-Azwar. The details of John Wick 5’s plot are yet to be revealed, but fans can explore IGN’s review of John Wick: Chapter 4 and its ending breakdown for potential hints.
Game of Thrones Spinoff “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight” to Follow Novella Structure
Francesca Orsi, HBO’s head of drama, discussed plans for the upcoming Game of Thrones spinoff series based on “The Tales of Dunk & Egg” novellas in an interview with Deadline. The series, titled “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight,” will follow the structure of the novellas and is expected to run for three seasons, each corresponding to one of George R.R. Martin’s novellas. The events of “The Hedge Knight” take place approximately 90 years before the events of A Game of Thrones. While the current plan is to cover the existing novellas, Martin is considering additional novellas that could potentially extend the series beyond three seasons. The production of other Game of Thrones spinoffs is currently on hold due to the Writers Guild of America strike, but Orsi mentioned that “The Hedge Knight” series would have a quicker turnaround time compared to “House of the Dragon” due to its smaller scale and reduced reliance on visual effects. “House of the Dragon” Season 1 is currently streaming on HBO Max, with Season 2 expected to release in 2024. The release date for “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight” has not yet been announced.
HBO’s Game of Thrones Spinoff Starring Kit Harington’s Jon Snow in Early Development
HBO is currently in the early stages of developing a Game of Thrones sequel series centered around Kit Harington’s character, Jon Snow. Francesca Orsi, HBO’s head of drama, provided an update on the project in an interview with Deadline. Although Harington is attached as a star and executive producer, it is still uncertain whether the spinoff will ultimately move forward. The series, tentatively titled “Snow,” would continue Jon Snow’s story after the events of Game of Thrones, where he killed Daenerys and was sent back to the Night’s Watch. HBO has multiple Game of Thrones spinoffs in the works, including “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight,” which will adapt George R.R. Martin’s “Tales of Dunk & Egg” novellas. However, due to the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike, production on these spinoffs, including the Jon Snow project, is currently on hold. The second season of “House of the Dragon,” another Game of Thrones prequel series, is expected to premiere in 2024 and is unaffected by the strike. Both Game of Thrones and the first season of House of the Dragon are available for streaming on HBO Max.
The Last of Us Multiplayer Delayed
The Last of Us Multiplayer game from Naughty Dog has been hit with a massive delay, according to a statement by the developer. Naughty Dog expressed pride in their studio’s work so far but acknowledged the need for more time to ensure the best possible game. The delay comes after the team working on the game was scaled back following an evaluation. Industry insider Jason Schreier revealed this information and reached out to Naughty Dog for comment before the official Twitter announcement.
Initially planned as a new mode for The Last of Us Part II, the multiplayer game was later transformed into a standalone title. Sony requested Bungie, another studio, to assess the progress of The Last of Us multiplayer to ensure long-term player engagement and monetization options. Rumors suggest that Sony and Naughty Dog intend to make the multiplayer free-to-play, as indicated by a job listing for a Senior Monetization/Economy Designer at Naughty Dog.
Data miners discovered unused Ellie skins for The Last of Us multiplayer, leading to speculation about the game’s development. In January 2023, Naughty Dog released a landscape image providing a first look at the multiplayer. Neil Druckmann, Naughty Dog co-president, expressed optimism about the project, highlighting its fresh and new experience while maintaining the studio’s commitment to storytelling, characters, and gameplay.
No specific release date has been announced for The Last of Us multiplayer.
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