Out doing promotional rounds for the Bob Odenkirk-led action thriller “Nobody,” writer Derek Kolstad talked with Collider recently where he discussed the “John Wick” franchise which he created.
Surprisingly he revealed he’s not involved in the writing process of either the fourth or fifth film. He also indicates that was not his call to make, rather it was distributor Lionsgate who opted to ditch him.
However, he seems to have no hard feelings about the matter and is keen to see where it all goes:
At a certain stage of the studio will tell you, your creation is graduated, and you wish it well. I’m still close with Chad, still close with Dave, and I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’m excited to see. It wasn’t my decision. When you think of the [contracts] of these things, the third one I shared the credit with any number of people, they didn’t have to come back to me, and so they didn’t.
Seeing what the industry is and how things go, I just believe that you bless everything and hope it all the best, and to the players involved who are doing other things elsewhere. And yeah, it’s personal, so I’m never going to talk shit about John Wick. I want this thing to survive and thrive.”
Kolstad also says some large announcements are coming in the next few weeks about the spin-offs – both the long-gestating TV series “The Continental” and the Len Wiseman-directed “Ballerina”. The fourth ‘Wick’ will shoot in Berlin and Paris starting in June.