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“It’s their full intention to continue the franchise”: John Wick Director Seemingly Confirms Keanu Reeves Led Franchise Might Turn Into Full-Fledged Cinematic Universe

John Wick: Chapter 4 director Chad Stahelski reportedly said that the future of the franchise is solidified. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the movie was slated for May 27, 2022, before being halted for almost a full year until 2023.

Director gives major Chapter 4 updates on Keanu Reeves starring action franchise
Director gives major Chapter 4 updates on Keanu Reeves starring action franchise

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Also Clancy Brown joined the film in an unknown role, along with other franchise rookies such as Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsgard, Hiroyuki Sanada, Scott Adkins, Marko Zaror, Japanese-British pop superstar Rina Sawayama, and Ana de Armas. Star who will be returning to the John Wick saga involves Ian McShane as Winston, Lance Reddick as Charon, and Laurence Fishburne as The Bowery King.

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John Wick Director Gives Future Update of the Franchise

John Wick 5 gets greenlight by Lionsgate
John Wick 5 gets greenlight by Lionsgate

The director also said that the future of the franchise is currently up to Lionsgate, even though its continuation is likely. In a recent interview with Collider, Chad Stahelski answered about the possibility of the 5th installment.

“[As of right] now it is the studio’s [full] intention to continue the franchise.”

“We made it as a fun little action movie that we’d like to see.’ And the fact that now nine years later, it’s changed our lives. It changed my life. It changed Keanu’s life. It’s changed a lot of other people’s lives. And people still want to see more.”

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The 5th installment also got the green light by Lionsgate in August 2020 with the goal for it to film back-to-back with chapter 4 set to hit theaters on March 4, 2023.

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Lionsgate Wants More John Wick, Sets Greenlight for the Future

Chad Stahelski movie star Keanu Reeves
Chad Stahelski movie star Keanu Reeves

If we roll a year back, previously, Lionsgate CEO John Feltheimer also said that:

“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 4 & 5 back to back when Keanu becomes available early next year.”

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Chapter 4 started filming back in June 2021, with the movie set to shoot in Berlin, Paris, Japan, and New York City. And also, this is the first project which was not written by series creator Derek Kolstad. Chapter 3 co-writer Shay Hatten is currently dealing with the writing works along with Michael Finch.

John Wick: Chapter 4 is set to hit theaters on March 4, 2023.

Source: cbr