A fifth installment of the successful John Wick action franchise starring Keanu Reeves (Bill & Ted, Toy Story 4) has been confirmed by Lionsgate, according to Deadline. The film will be shot back to back with the fourth film, intended to begin production in early 2021.
In an earnings call, the CEO of Lionsgate, John Feltheimer, stated: “We’re also busy preparing scripts for the next two installments of our John Wick action franchise, with John Wick 4 slated to hit theaters Memorial Day weekend 2022. We hope to shoot both John Wick 4 & 5 back to back when Keanu becomes available early next year.” Reeves is currently shooting the fourth Matrix film for Warner Bros.
The John Wick franchise has proven to be critically and commercially successful with its first three installments, so it comes as no surprise that Lionsgate are keen to start work on more films. To date, the series has amassed $584.2m, with each film making more than the predecessor. John Wick: Chapter 3 made $326.7m against a $75m budget, showing how profitable the films are for the studio.
Fans can expect a more connected story between the two films, as is usually the case with films shot consecutively. Examples include The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies as well as MCU movies Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. No story details are currently known for either film however.
John Wick: Chapter 4 is currently scheduled to release on 27 May 2022 with Chapter 5 yet to be slated by Lionsgate.