According to a new report from TheWrap, John Wick screenwriter and franchise creator Derek Kolstad has been hired by Marvel Studios to join the writing team on their Disney+ series Falcon and Winter Soldier.
Kolstad was instrumental in the creation of the John Wick franchise as the film’s screenwriter/creator and is also developing a series based on the video game franchise Hitman, so he’s already dipped his toes into television development based on existing IP.
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum has surpassed the previous installments to earn a massive $311 million globally, given it cost $55 million to make.
He would be joining Empire’s Malcolm Spellman, who was previously attached to the series.
The 10-episode limited series will be directed by Kari Skogland (The Handmaid’s Tale, The Punisher, The Walking Dead) with a cast that consists of Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes), Daniel Bruhl (Zemo), and Emily VanCamp (Sharon Carter).
Unlike the previous Marvel shows, this one will be directly overseen and made by Marvel Studios along with having a direct impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe that will likely be echoed in the movies.
HN Entertainment previously confirmed that Raymond Chan would be the show’s production designer.
Filming on the Marvel series is confirmed to begin this October in Atlanta, Georgia.
John Wick: Chapter 4 is expected to begin filming next spring/summer, so there is a good chance that whatever work he was expected to do on that film has been already completed and possibly handed over to other writers.
Other projects in the works from Kolstad include the action film Nobody starring Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad), which I exclusively reported last year would be directed by Hardcore Henry’s Ilya Naishuller (later confirmed by Derek himself in a recent interview with DiscussingFilm).
He is also working on a script for a live-action feature film based on the video game Just Cause.
Disney+ will launch on November 12th with Falcon and Winter Soldier expected to drop sometime in 2020.
SOURCE: THE WRAP