John Wick writer-creator Derek Kolstad, Sonic the Hedgehog producer Dmitri M. Johnson and former APA partner Mike Goldberg have joined forces to form Story Kitchen, a media company that will be hyperfocused on the creation and amplification of “world-building action” and “non-traditional intellectual property.” “After having spent the last several years working together and admiring one another’s storytelling chops, energy, taste and ideas, we collectively came to the same conclusion: that the only way to double down on cooking up the most amazing franchises and worlds possible was for us to unite as one,” said Kolstad, Johnson and Goldberg in statement.
Dan Jevons, Tim Stevenson and Howard Bliss, previously of dj2, will be joining the new company in senior leadership roles. RELATED: ‘John Wick 5’ Confirmed By Lionsgate; Sequel Will Be Shot Back To Back With Fourth Installment Best known as one of the architects of the John Wick franchise, Kolstad is in post-production for its fourth film as well as The Continental, a prequel limited series for Peacock.
Outside of the “Wick Universe,” and after co-EP’ing Marvel’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier for Disney+, Kolstad turned his attention to Ubisoft’s Splinter Cell adaptation for Netflix — which secured a two-season order and is currently in production — as well as a sequel to Universal Pictures’ 2021 theatrically release Nobody, starring Bob Odenkirk, which is being fast-tracked for 2023.
Johnson previously founded dj2 Entertainment, a production company that specializes in adapting video game IP for TV and film.Read more on deadline.com