By: John M Jerva
These days, John Wick scribe Derek Kolstad’s name seems to be attached to every other action project just like his partners in the blockbuster franchise Chad Stalhelski and David Leitch. It seems that at every turn, the three creative minds behind one of the most invigorating action franchises ever are attached to more and more films each day.
With that we have more news on Kolstad courtesy of Deadline that says he is now attached to team with director Claudio Feh and Swiss producer-distributor Ascot Elite Entertainment for a new action-thriller named Acolyte. This one appears to be a passion project for Kolstad and it tells the story of a seemingly ordinary man who reveals his true colors and assembled his former elite team when his wife is kidnapped. Yes, we’ve seen this storyline before but I can’t help the fact that I never get tired of it, especially if it’s done right.
Acolyte will be produced by Ascot Elite’s Ralph S. Dietrich, Karin G. Dietrich and Stephan Giger with Christopher Milburn (Unhinged) acting as executive producer. Faeh, who is best known for Northmen – A Viking Saga and Sniper: Ultimate Kill, will Helm the film.
“Amongst most everything I have written, Acolyte remains one of my favorites. I like my stories and characters to have a silver lining. And in Acolyte, it‘s there in spades.” Kolstad said in a statement.
Faeh added “The vigor with which Derek Kolstad has written Acolyte and his signature way of using just a few brush strokes to sketch multi-layered characters that jump off the page and feel like people we want to spend time with is what captivated me the minute I laid eyes on this script. There is great showmanship in the action pieces and at the same time we are telling a story of deeply-felt emotions between a husband and wife and a group of people who look out for one another come hell or high water.”
Kolstad also has the Disney+ MCU series Falcon and Winter Soldier on the horizon as well as the long gestating Starz series The Continental which is a John Wick soon-off. Movies on his plate include a Splinter Cell screen adaptation, the Sony action flick Booker and The Man from Nowhere for New Line. So as you see, the man is keeping busy. Plus there’s more John Wick heading our way of course.
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