Director Chad Stahelski of “John Wick” and Lionsgate’s Original Action Film Initiative Ink First Look Deal

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“John Wick” director Chad Stahelski and Lionsgate’s Original Action Film Initiative have signed a first-look deal for the film Sushi. Lionsgate has struck a second production contract with Chad Stahelski, which will allow the filmmaker and his 87Eleven Entertainment label to produce unique action content for the studio. This will allow Lionsgate to expand their canvas even further with their John Wick director.

As an initial look, it spans multiple years.
The announcement comes just a few weeks after Stahelski inked a contract to helm a reimagining of the Highlander brand as his next feature picture. In addition, he will be taking on creative oversight of the John Wick and Highlander franchises across all platforms, including film, television, and all forms of multimedia.




Recently, in order to add even more excitement to the John Wick spinoff film Ballerina, the action movie starring Ana de Aramas was postponed by one year, to the summer of 2025, the first weekend of June. This was done in order to allow for the shooting and adding of more action scenes.

Director Chad Stahelski of "John Wick" and Lionsgate's Original Action Film Initiative Ink First Look Deal
Director Chad Stahelski of “John Wick” and Lionsgate’s Original Action Film Initiative Ink First-Look Deal

“Chad and his team at 8711 Entertainment are extraordinarily talented filmmakers and creative collaborators,” remarked Adam Fogelson, who held the position of chair of the Lionsgate Motion Picture division. “They raise the bar of excellence on every project they take on, and we are looking to Chad to bring us the best new original action projects that we can work on together and turn into the next hits and franchises.”




“Lionsgate has been my home studio throughout my career as a feature director, so it only makes sense that I would base our film production business with the team that has been such extraordinary partners for so many years,” Stahelski commented.

At the worldwide box office, the John Wick franchise has made a total of $1.03 billion, with the third installment, John Wick: Chapter 4, which was released in the spring of last year, becoming the highest-grossing film with over $440 million and a 94% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Stahelski participates in the production of Ballerina as an executive producer, working in collaboration with Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee, who are the producers of the franchise Thunder Road.




Director Chad Stahelski of "John Wick" and Lionsgate's Original Action Film Initiative Ink First Look Deal
Director Chad Stahelski of “John Wick” and Lionsgate’s Original Action Film Initiative Ink First-Look Deal

Jason Spitz and Alex Young, two members of Stahelski’s indispensable team at 87Eleven Entertainment, provide assistance to him. Mortimer Public Relations, WME, and attorney Tara Kole are the individuals who represent Stahelski. On behalf of the studio, Bonnie Stylides, who works for Lionsgate, managed the process of forging deals.




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