John Wick 4’s director, Chad Stahelski, has explained what the future of the franchise could look like and how John Wick 5 might end up happening, if at all. This is something that I am very much interested in knowing more about because I am a huge fan of Keanu Reeves and the John Wick franchise.
I recently watched Chapter 4, and I thought it was terrific. You can read my full thoughts on the movie via our recent review of the John Wick: Chapter 4. To cut a rather long review short, I thought the movie was ace! I really loved it, and I wasn’t surprised that I did because I felt that John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum was one of the best action movies I’ve watched in recent memory.
The only John Wick movie that I’m not too crazy about is John Wick: Chapter Two. I just don’t think it’s on the same level as the other movies in the franchise. However, I still really enjoyed it.
Right, before I continue on with this article, I’m going to have to warn you that there are SPOILERS coming for John Wick: Chapter 4 in this article.
Will John Wick 5 happen? Chad Stahelski reveals all
So, during an interview with SyFy Wire, Stahelski was asked whether a fifth John Wick movie could happen in the, hopefully, not-so-distant future. Well, he had some things to say about the future of the franchise.
Honestly, what he had to say wasn’t good or bad. It was more of a “we’ll see” type of response. Here’s what he had to say on the future of the John Wick franchise after Chapter 4 and the upcoming spinoff series, which is being referred to as Ballerina:
You can walk in the next room to my office and you’ll just see whiteboard after whiteboard after whiteboard of sh** we haven’t done yet. I cut an hour out of this movie already. We’ve got literally a whole notebook with ideas in it. We cut sequences from the script that were written in the beginning. We could go on for days!
How could John Wick return?
So, it sounds as though they have a lot of ideas on how the franchise could continue, but whether they decide to carry it on or not is another story. Now, if you’ve watched the fourth film, then you’ll know that Keanu Reeves’ John Wick is dead (supposedly). However, the director did reveal that he’s not opposed to bringing him back for another adventure.
However, he did reveal that he hasn’t thought about how he’d bring him back yet, nor how he’d explain his return. This is what Stahelski revealed to be the most important thing when coming up with a fifth movie. He doesn’t seem so worried about the ability of coming up with cool and exciting new action sequences. Here’s what he had to say on the matter:
If a gun was put to my head and they said ‘you have to make three more John Wick movies, could we sustain it with action set pieces and storyline threads and could we put in some tributes or love letter Easter eggs for things? Yeah, we could totally do that. The real question that Keanu and I keep saying is the why? As an audience member, what would you like to see John do? How many more times can I beat him up?
These movies are so much more than just a bunch of action set pieces
Stahelski then went on to explain that the John Wick films are more than just over-the-top action sequences all put together into a nice package. He revealed that he works very hard to try and include scenes that are motivated by themes of grief, warrior code, and complicated dilemmas. Here’s what he had to say:
Story can’t just be the thing that happens in between action sequences. It’s got to include the action sequences. It’s got to be the overlay, it’s got to be the thread that holds everything together. If I can find a way to get all my action in a storyline with the acting scenes, I’m good. I feel we have that in John Wick 4. If I can crack that on John Wick 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, great. I just don’t have that now. I have to figure that out.
He went on to add:
If I can come up with a way to do that and Keanu can package that into the spectacle of action or car chases or ninjas or whatever we’re doing, great. Right now, we have ideas for days, we have set pieces. I can travel the world and put set pieces together in any great city with architecture and art… Wherever we go, I can do nightclub scenes for days. Yes, we have all that. But the why, that’s what we need to figure out, [whether] we have an interesting story that would make you guys engaged.
What do you make of this news? Would you like to see Stahelski and Reeves make a fifth John Wick movie? If so, what do you think would happen in it? How would Wick return? Let us know your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.
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