The future of the John Wick franchise is hanging in the balance as director Chad Stahelski reveals he’s unsure if John Wick 5 will ever see the light of day. The fate of the series seems to be in a state of purgatory, much like the character of John Wick himself following the events of John Wick: Chapter 4.
He revealed this during a recent interview with Empire Magazine.
The Uncertain Future of John Wick
The John Wick series, known for its mythological edge, finds itself in a state of uncertainty. The super-sized sequel, John Wick: Chapter 4, ended on a seismic note with major implications for the future of the franchise. The small matter being that John Wick, played by Keanu Reeves, appears to be, well, dead.
The film concludes with Ian McShane’s character, Winston, visiting John Wick’s final resting place. However, following the film’s series-best box office earnings of $427 million worldwide, discussions quickly turned to the possibility of a John Wick 5.
Despite the ambiguity surrounding John’s apparent end, there are ways of bringing him back. But as it stands, a few months on from John Wick: Chapter 4’s initial release, Stahelski doesn’t have a definitive answer yet on whether a fifth film is happening or not. “I honestly don’t know,” he tells Empire in the Rebel Moon issue.
“Lionsgate is keen on doing more John Wick stuff, understandably. It’s not a bad thing for a director to have a property that they want to make more of. I don’t have a take right now. But I could wake up tomorrow and have a cool idea that I’d pitch to Keanu, or he would pitch to me, and it might hit that chord of, ‘Oh my God, we got to do this right now.’”
The Director’s Vision For John Wick 5
Stahelski has already started forming potential ideas for John Wick 5. “I have scenes, I have action sequences in my head that we haven’t used that that I’d love to do,” says Stahelski. “If we do come back, we can’t just do the same thing. I gotta do my homework. I gotta get better.”
Whether John Wick, the man, really died, or just the myth of him (“You know, we’ve seen John take worse injuries,” notes Stahelski), his future is undecided. But while other filmmakers have stepped in for the upcoming three-episode prequel series The Continental and next year’s Ana de Armas-starring spin-off movie Ballerina, expect the theoretical John Wick 5 to once again have Stahelski calling the shots.
The future of John Wick 5 remains uncertain, but the director’s passion for the franchise is evident. As Stahelski puts it, “Now we’ve done the four, and completed the circle, so to speak, I think it’s pretty good closure for the series. And then there’s the competitor, or the real director in me who goes, ‘Fuck it, let’s just see if we can do it.’ It’s very appealing. I just don’t have the ‘why’ yet. But that doesn’t mean we should stop looking.”
So, while the fate of John Wick 5 hangs in the balance, fans of the franchise can rest assured that the director is not giving up on the possibility just yet.
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