John Wick creator Derek Kolstad has revealed he hasn’t been asked to return for the fourth and fifth films in the franchise.
Speaking to Collider on Monday, the screenwriter, 47, said he wouldn’t be back because the studio didn’t ask him to return, but claimed he wasn’t ‘hurt’ by the decision as it’s ‘how things go’.
He admitted: ‘It wasn’t my decision. When you think contractually [about] these things, the third one, I shared the credit with a number of people.
‘They didn’t have to come back to me, and so they didn’t. You look at that and you could be hurt. I would say if it was 20 years ago, I would have been.
‘But 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.’
Derek added that it was par for the course in Hollywood, as he said at some point in a franchise the studio will claim ‘your creation is graduated’.
Although it is no doubt a disappointment not to be part of future John Wick projects, which stars Keanu Reeves as the lead, the writer said he’d never ‘talk s**t’ about the franchise because he wants it to continue to thrive and grow.
Derek had sole writing credit for the first and second John Wick films, but co-wrote the script for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum alongside Shay Hatten, Chris Collins, and Marc Abrams.
He also confirmed that he would not be working on the franchise’s prequel TV series The Continental, which will focus on the chain of hotels that act as neutral territory for hitmen, like Wick, and other members of the criminal underworld