With ‘John Wick’s’ extremely famous and successful franchise, it is impossible to say that we won’t have a ‘John Wick 4’, but ‘John Wick 5’ is still a maybe. Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahelski want Lionsgate to put the foot on the brake.
‘John Wick’ is an action thriller franchise created by the screenwriter Derek Kolstad. Keanu Reeves, who plays the role of a retired hitman called John Wick, is the main lead and, in the movie, he seeks vengeance for his car that got stolen and the death of his dog.
- ‘John Wick 4’ release date
- ‘John Wick 4’ and ‘John Wick 5’ filmed back-to-back?
- Is ‘John Wick 5’ the last ‘John Wick’ movie?
‘John Wick 4’ release date
‘John Wick’ was supposed to be released in May 2021, but Lionsgate decided to push the release date by one year because of Keanu Reeves’ schedule. Reeves was also shooting ‘The Matrix’ when the ‘John Wick 4’ shooting started, so both studios had to come to an agreement in order to have Keanu’s best performance for each one of the movies, plus the fact that Keanu plays a really tiring role in both of these movies.
‘John Wick 4’ and ‘John Wick 5’ filmed back-to-back?
That was Lionsgate’s plan. The studio wanted to shoot both movies back-to-back so they did not waste any time on Keanu’s physical condition, but Chad Stahelski and Keanu both said that they were definitely not interested in shooting both of them in a short amount of time.
In an interview with “Comicbook.com”, Stahelski said, “The way Keanu and I approach it with our writing team is, ‘Look, we have ideas, but it’s not like I’m working with two sets of writers on two movies. We’re going to write a really good number four. If a really good number four feels solid to Keanu and I, we’ll make that one. That doesn’t mean we won’t plan on a five or start writing five, but we want to make sure we have a solid story”.
So the answer is no, both movies won’t be filmed back-to-back. Reeves and Stahelsky want to make sure that they can deliver the fans the best product they possibly can.
Is ‘John Wick 5’ the last ‘John Wick’ movie?
In an interview with “GQ” in 2019, Reeves said how much playing John Wick means to him and that he would play the role
“… As far as my legs can take me. As far as the audience wants to go”.
As said before, playing John Wick is physically demanding and Reeves is in his mid-50s. Good news for the fans of the ‘John Wick’ universe is that the spin-off ‘Ballerina’ will be out soon and will show the story of a ballerina that appeared on ‘John Wick 3: Parabellum’, and was played by Unity Phelan.
Even though Keanu Reeves will stop playing the role of John Wick eventually, fans can be happy that the ‘John Wick’ universe will not be done and that at least Reeves and Stahelski will deliver some exciting ‘John Wick’ movies.