“John Wick: Chapter 5” is in Early Development
Here’s a bit of good news for you hearty citizens of Wick World—Lionsgate has confirmed that John Wick: Chapter 5 is in early development, according to Total Film. And that’s only a fraction of the plans Lionsgate has for the franchise.
And honestly, who can blame Lionsgate for wanting to build out the world of John Wick, which has reliably punched above its weight from its first installment way back in 2014, delivering a singular style of gun-fu mayhem centered on one of the most beloved performers in the business, Keanu Reeves? Chapter 4 was a critical and commercial hit, the highest-grossing film in the franchise (and the longest, running at nearly three hours long of almost constant action), and while it seemed to tie a tourniquet around John Wick’s story once and for all, we now know Reeves’ soulful, semi-retired hitman will be back for more.
But there’s a lot more—not only is Lionsgate eyeing John Wick: Chapter 5, but they’re also building out the franchise into spinoffs, TV series, and video games. They’ve already got the Ana de Armas-led spinoff Ballerina, slated to pirouette into theaters on June 7, 2024. On the TV side, they’ve got The Continental, based on the chain of international hotels where members of the Wick criminal underworld can meet safely (well, most of the time), due out on Peacock later this year.
Here’s what Lionsgate motion picture group chairman Joe Drake said on a recent earnings call: “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… And so, we’re building out the world, and when that [fifth] movie comes, [it] 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.”
For citizens of the Wick World, you are now officially members of the Wickverse.
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Featured image: Keanu Reeves as John Wick in John Wick: Chapter 4. Photo Credit: Murray Close