John Wick: Chapter 4 producer Erica Lee reveals she plans to explore both the Bowery King and Akira in potential spinoffs. John Wick first launched in 2014, and the world has continued to grow with each episode. The John Wick universe is expanding beyond the eponymous assassin played by Keanu Reeves with two upcoming spin-offs: the prequel series The Continental and the film Ballerina starring Ana de Armas.
During an exclusive interview with Screen Rant for John Wick: Chapter 4, Lee reveals two characters who could be the focus of a new spinoff. He shares why the Bowery King and his world might be exciting to explore. Lee is also interested in one of the new John Wick: Chapter 4 characters, Akira. Here are Lee’s thoughts on potential spinoffs:
“I think the world of the Bowery King and the Bowery is something we are very interested in exploring. He runs the underground, and it’s such an interesting world. How does he get the weapons and boats? It’s everywhere. He’s the boss; he has homeless people running the streets and offering information via pigeons. It’s low-tech and analog in a digital world, and it knows everyone and reaches everywhere. I think that’s something really cool to explore. ”
“Akira’s character is very interesting in the film, and I would like to see more adventures with her character. There is a lot! There are a lot of characters in John Wick 4, and a lot of fan favorites from past movies. There’s certainly a lot we want to dig deeper into. ”
The John Wick saga is already expanding beyond the story of the protagonist with the upcoming film Ballerina. The spin-off will focus on a woman who trains to be an assassin at the same dance academy as John Wick, who will also appear in the film. The days before John Wick will also be explored in The Continental, which focuses on Winston and the Continental in New York.
The Bowery King could be another interesting avenue to explore because its corner of the world is unlike any other, while still being controlled by the High Table. The Bowery King, who has his own history with John Wick, is a key part of the intelligence gathering process. He appears to have created and uses a network of highly trained homeless people as agents throughout New York City. A spinoff about the Bowery King could explore how and why he created this low-tech intelligence-gathering system.
A spin-off about the Bowery King could also pick up after John Wick’s death in John Wick: Chapter 4. The Bowery King, like John Wick, has some issues with the High Table, which could lead to a long and low game -tech to take them down or at least break free from their control. Fishburne’s character hinted at such a plan at the end of John Wick: Chapter 4, calling his group “The Resistance” and leaking plans to expand his operation to fight against the High Table after he was nearly killed by them.