Every John Wick movie has ended on a cliffhanger and teased a sequel. However, John Wick 5 isn’t yet guaranteed despite the franchise’s phenomenal success. John Wick has successfully built a vast, fantastical world full of spectacular events and unrivaled globetrotting action sequences.
Each consecutive release gets more significant than the last, with the box office gross of each film almost doubling its predecessor. As Keanu Reeves is known to perform his stunts, it could be safe to assume the series will go on forever.
Will it, however? Let’s find out.
John Wick 5 isn’t happening right now, as confirmed by director Chad Stahelski stating that both the franchise and he needs a break. People should watch the fourth installment without any expectations for a fifth one.
The chances are this might be the last John Wick movie we witness, and we have to accept that with a heavy heart.
John Wick: Chapter 4 might have gotten great reviews, but John Wick 5 still hasn’t been greenlit yet. While it has become a trend for movie studious to announce several sequels simultaneously, Lionsgate is seemingly taking it one film at a time with the assassin series.
John Wick 4 & 5 were initially supposed to be filmed back-to-back. Stahelski noted that the idea was essentially dropped so that each movie would be better. The director explained, “other franchises that have tried it just feel like the same thing was done again, right? Like there’s no new influence.”
Stahelski’s comments make perfect sense, as quality often drops when creators attempt to work on many different things simultaneously.
As the John Wick series is known for embracing other countries’ cultures and incorporating new types of martial arts into their action sequences, the break is the best thing for the franchise.
John Wick: Chapter 4’s massive 170-minute runtime indicates that the narratives of two sequels were combined into one longer film. The new movie covers much ground as it takes place in Berlin, Paris, Japan, Casablanca, and New York.
John Wick: Chapter 4 could be an amalgam of the best ideas Stahelski and the company had for both films.
1. Keanu Reeves’ Views on John Wick 5
Keanu Reeves says John Wick 5 isn’t guaranteed despite the original plan to film John Wick: Chapters 4 and 5 back-to-back. The actor explained, “You have to see how the audience responds to what we did. We’ve only had a chance to make these movies because people have liked what we did. So, we must wait and see how the audience responds to it.”
Reeves’ comments could mean that John Wick: Chapter 4 breaks a long-running tradition in the John Wick series.
2. Director Chad Stahelski And His Doubts Regarding John Wick 5.
Stahelski has wavered about John Wick 5, and his recent comments are concerning. Stahelski mentioned that when doing press in Tokyo, he and Keanu will “sit in the Imperial Hotel Scotch Bar and go, ‘What do you think?’ We’ll have a couple of 20-year-old whiskies and write some ideas on napkins. If those ideas stick, maybe we’ll make a movie.”
Even earlier, there were reports of Stahelski wanting a break from John Wick movies. John Wick 5 is a possibility even without Stahelski with some other director. But the film wouldn’t be half as great if Stahelski wasn’t on set.
The John Wick action sequences are great because of Stahelski’s decades-long career as a stunt coordinator.
However, Stahelski has other exciting projects, such as the Ghost of Tsushima movie adaptation, that could make up for his John Wick 5 absence. Either way, it’s unnerving to think the continuation of a soon-to-be billion-dollar franchise hinges on a couple of 20-year-old whiskeys.
3. John Wick 4’s Reviews & Box Office Projections tease a potential John Wick 5.
John Wick: Chapter 4 is projected to have the franchise’s biggest opening weekend yet, and it is doubtful that it will fail at the box office. That’s only cemented by critics thinking it is the best John Wick outing yet, as it sits at a hugely impressive 94% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The series is such a hot property that there’s no way the studio should shelve it. Even if the film underperforms, Lionsgate would still want to go ahead with John Wick 5, albeit with a shorter runtime and reduced budget.
Lionsgate has even made some huge moves to expand the universe as an Ana de Armas starrer spin-off, Ballerina, is in production. The Peacock series The Continental, which follows Winston in the 1970s, is also developing.
And most importantly, Keanu Reeves is said to appear in both projects, acting as something of an authentic stamp on the John Wick adjacent shows.
Although Stahelski needs a break, John Wick: Chapter 5 will be thrown into development with or without him, or the studio could admirably wait until he is ready for a return. In many ways, it feels like the world of John Wick is still in its infancy, and John Wick 5 is inevitable.
4. About John Wick : Chapter 4
John Wick 4 is an American neo-noir action thriller film and the fourth installment in the John Wick franchise. The franchise is created by Derek Kolstad and stars Keanu Reeves in the role of a retired legendary hitman John Wick.
John Wick must avoid run-ins with The High Table and survive long enough to complete his mission, along with the help of The Bowery King, who was left for dead by The High Table and now is helping John Wick take them down.
John Wick 4 released on March 24, 2023.