Script by 23-Year-Old Set to Expand ‘John Wick’ Universe

Lionsgate has picked up Shay Hatten’s spec, “Ballerina,” which could be converted into a John Wick spinoff

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The reported that a spin off spec script within the John Wick Universe, called “Ballerina,” written by Shay Hatten, has been picked up.

We love seeing young writers skyrocket, at Pandemonium, and want to congratulate Shay Hatten on his success with Black List. When we were starting Pandemonium, the number one comment we heard was, “Check out Black List, because they’re already doing it.” We checked’em out and realized that Pandemonium is essentially the opposite of Black List.

Hollywood is an invite only, closed system and Black List caters to that. We are the opposite in the way that we are 100% public facing. We are building audiences that are transparent for the studios to see, to take risk off a studio when greenlighting one of our writer’s projects. Our intent is to sell our writers screenplays to the masses and create a fanbase that will carry the film into production.

So, we'd like to congratulate Shay Hatten again on his success with Black List and say—they are definitely a viable way to break into the industry—yet we'd like to remind you that there are other ways too, hint, hint, wink. ;) 

Jeremy Fuster | July 25, 2017 @ 4:51 PM of THE WRAP wrote:

With two successful installments and a third in early development, “John Wick” has become the next big franchise for Lionsgate. Now the studio could soon dig deeper into Wick’s world with a spinoff fashioned from “Ballerina,” a spec script written by 23-year-old writer Shay Hatten.

A person with knowledge of the spec told TheWrap that it is “premature” to say whether the spec will be turned into a spinoff, though the script’s plot shares elements of John Wick’s journey as a female assassin bent on revenge hunts down those responsible for killing her family.

Basil Iwanyk, who produced the “John Wick” films through Thunder Road Pictures, is attached to the spec. Meanwhile, early plans for “John Wick: Chapter 3” are in motion, with Derek Kolstad returning to write the screenplay. Combined, the two “Wick” films have grossed $258 million worldwide.

A graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, Hatten made the 2016 Black List with another script for a black comedy called “Maximum King!” which tells the story of Stephen King’s struggles with alcohol and raising his family as he writes his first and one of his most famous novels, “Carrie.”

Hatten currently works at Robert Downey Jr.’s production company, Team Downey. He is repped by CAA and Lee Stobby Entertainment. The story was first reported by THR.