John Wick 5 Confirmed By Lionsgate
Lionsgate officially announces John Wick 5 is in development, with the plan being to film it back-to-back with John Wick 4 next year. The sequels, “Chapters 4 and 5,” will be shot next year. Feltheimer noted in a recent statement, “we’re also busy preparing scripts for the next two installments of our John Wick action franchise, with John Wick 4 slated to hit theatres Memorial Day weekend 2022. We hope to shoot both John Wick 4 & 5 back to back when Keanu becomes available early next year.
Unsurprisingly, Lionsgate had plans in place for John Wick 4, which was originally supposed to premiere in 2021. However, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, John Wick 4’s premiere was pushed back to 2022. Reeves still has to finish filming The Matrix 4 (which was in the middle of production when the coronavirus shutdowns started) before he suits back up as the Baba Yaga. It would appear the delay has proven to be beneficial for the John Wick creative team, and they’ve locked down a fifth movie in the series.
While the fifth installment in the franchise is likely quite a few years away from release, the mere fact that it’s coming should thrill fans of the acclaimed action series. All three “John Wick” films have enjoyed considerable box office success and have received widespread acclaim from critics.
The three “John Wick” films, which star Reeves as a legendary assassin who squares off against criminals and a mysterious cabal of hitmen, have grossed $584 million at the box office. Starz is working on a television prequel titled “The Continental,” which derives its name from the assassin-friendly hotel that is a prominent part of each film. Few details about that show have been released.
The John Wick franchise was already serialized in nature (there’s virtually no time jump between the three movies to date), so filming the next two installments back-to-back is fitting for the franchise. Other sequels that went this route (like Reeves’ own Matrix followups) are normally two halves of a bigger whole, working together to tell an overarching story. It stands reason to believe John Wick 4 and John Wick 5 will be intricately connected narratively. It’ll be interesting to see what director Chad Stahelski and company came up with, as each John Wick film further deepens the series’ rich mythology and expands the universe. And John Wick 5 may not even be the end of the road.
Currently, Reeves is shooting Matrix 4 for Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow in Berlin, Germany. Reeves shot Matrix: Reloaded and Matrix: Revolutions (parts 2 and 3 of that franchise) back to back from March 2001 to August 2002.