John Wick Director Chad Stahelski teams up with Netflix for a black samurai movie. Former stunt coordinator Stahelski made his promising directorial debut with Keanu Reeves’ 2014 hitman film. John Wick. The action-packed film about a hitman seeking revenge became a sleepy success, grossing $86 million at the box office.
But as surprising as it was John Wick to get this big, revive Reeves’ career and establish Stahelski as an action director to be reckoned with, it was even more surprising that the out-of-nowhere movie spawned an entire franchise. But spawn a franchise that has it, with both John Wick: Chapter 2 and John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum going to top the original film at the box office. Next year, John Wick: Chapter 4 will hit screens, with Stahelski and Reeves both back for more mayhem. And the franchise is even getting a TV spin-off with the continentalfocused on the hotel of the mysterious killers from the film.
But as big as John Wick for Stahelski, it looks like he’s ready for other endeavours. The next step for the filmmaker is a collaboration with Netflix for black samurai, a film based on Marc Olden’s novel series. Leigh Dana Jackson (Raising Dion) is set to write the script. black samurai had previously been adapted into a 1977 film starring Jim Kelly and was said to be a Starz series starring the rapper Common before that project failed. Read the black samurai summary of Netflix in the space below:
The Black Samurai novels, a series of books by renowned thriller writer Marc Olden, introduce Robert Sand, an American soldier in Japan who learns the ways of the most powerful martial arts, and becomes The Black Samurai, who goes on a mission to destroy dangerous forces threaten everything he holds dear.
Why Stahelski is perfect for black samurai
Stahelski’s extensive background as a stunt double and stunt coordinator clearly qualified him to take on directing John Wick. And with each John Wick film, Stahelski has brought out the art of fight choreography, with Reeves as the action hero at the center. Now with black samuraiStahelski can delve into something much closer to the source when it comes to martial arts action, tackling a story inspired by the martial arts movies of the 1970s and indeed once adapted into a blaxploitation classic.
Considering all the combat and action that will be at the center of black samurai, it’s hard to think of a director that fits the material better than Stahelski. It’s not just that Stahelski is very adept at choreographing and executing intricate and entertaining fight scenes, it’s also that he’s always willing to go the extra mile when it comes to devising increasingly elaborate and wacky physical combat. So Stahelski’s presence at the helm will do anything but guarantee that Netflix’s black samurai features advanced action. It also helps that Stahelski is now well versed in the other important aspects of directing movies, such as working with actors. Stahelski’s presence on black samurai should indeed be considered great news for fans of the original novels hoping for a thrilling and successful adaptation.
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