With the success of the John Wick franchise as a whole, it seems like Lionsgate is moving forward with John Wick 5.
So far, the John Wick films haven’t failed the entertainment company. With a total budget of $210 million from all four films, it has already earned $1 billion. It’s no secret that the company has an interest in expanding the franchise even further. Even way back in the third film, there were already plans for spin-offs.
While John Wick 5 was announced back in 2020, Chad Stahelski, director of the franchise, has said that they’ll reconsider if there is a need for another sequel. Initially, it was planned to be filmed back-to-back with part 4.
But during production, the director wanted to take a break before doing another sequel and was able to finalize the story for Keanu Reeves’ character in part 4. With that, many fans wonder how the series will move forward.
Not too long ago, we reported that Stahelski and Reeves are back together working on a new project, The Pursuit. It seems like the pair are enjoying building the Wick universe, as it seems that a sequel is already moving forward.
John Wick 5 is already in Early Development
In a recent Q4 Lionsgate Entertainment earnings call (via ComicBook.com), Joseph Drake, chairman of the Motion Picture Group, announced that John Wick 5 is already in development, saying:
We’re now moving across that franchise, not just in the AAA video game space, but looking at what the regular cadence of spin-offs, television really growing that universe so that there is a steady cadence of a franchise that there’s clear appetite by the audience.
What is official is that, as you know, Ballerina is the first spinoff that comes out next year. We’re in development on three others, including [John Wick 5] and including television series, The Continental, will be airing soon.
And so, we’re building out the world and when that five movie comes, will be organic — will be organically grown out of how we’re starting to tell those stories. But you can rely on a regular cadence of John Wick.
Ballerina, starring Ana de Armas, is currently in post-production, which has been publicly announced. The film is set between the events of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum and Chapter 4.
Additionally, the TV series The Continental, based on Ian McShane’s character Winston Scott, has already released a trailer and is scheduled to premiere in September of this year.
Regarding other films in the franchise, there are plans for spin-offs such as Akira and Caine, which were teased in the post-credits scene of John Wick Part 4 and featured Rina Sawayama and Donnie Yen.
Another film could potentially revolve around Laurence Fishburne’s character, The Bowery King. A sequel to Ballerina is also in the early stages of planning. Furthermore, there have been discussions about a potential film centred around Halle Berry’s character, Jinx, called Sofia.
John Wick 5 Is Moving Forward, Says Lionsgate Chairman
Producer Erica Lee has announced yet another film in the franchise, but no specific details nor a title have been revealed at this time. All that is known is that it will further expand the John Wick universe.
At this time, details are still under wraps regarding John Wick 5. The extent of its early development and the existence of a finalized story are unknown. It is possible that the film is currently on standby as Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahelski work on their other projects.
What we do know is that Lionsgate has expressed a desire for John Wick 5 to happen and has made a commitment to its production. The franchise continues to grow, but it remains to be seen how John Wick 5 will unfold, particularly considering the events of the last film and its implications for Wick himself.
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