Jonathan, welcome back for more! In an unsurprising revelation, the resolute John Wick series continues to thrive, even though the fate of its eponymous protagonist appeared uncertain in the latest installment. Director Chad Stahelski had previously hinted at the series’ continuation during a discussion with Collider, and now Lionsgate has officially affirmed this, as reported by Total Film.
Earlier this year, John Wick: Chapter 4 graced the silver screen, captivating audiences and shattering the franchise’s box office records with an awe-inspiring spectacle spanning nearly three hours. Keanu Reeves’ Wick embarked on a relentless global quest for vengeance, liberating himself from the clutches of the High Table amidst a symphony of action, violence, and emotional release. The film’s financial triumph naturally motivates Lionsgate to hold onto their prized asset.
During Lionsgate’s Q4 2023 earnings call, Joe Drake, Chairman of the Motion Picture Group, confirmed that a fifth John film is currently in the nascent stages of development. Additionally, Drake unveiled ambitious plans to expand the Wick intellectual property through spin-offs, further television series, and the realm of video games.
What lies ahead for the John Wick universe?
Last year, at the CCXP event in São Paulo, Brazil, Reeves tantalizingly hinted that Ballerina takes place between the events of John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum and Chapter 4. Recently, director Chad Stahelski confirmed that the story of Ballerina unfolds within this six-month period. It’s worth noting that Reeves will not merely make a fleeting cameo; he will reclaim the role of John in a capacity far more substantial. Joining him are fellow Wick stalwarts Ian McShane and the late Lance Reddick, reprising their roles within the franchise. Their return ensures a seamless synergy that integrates the world of Ballerina organically into the expansive John Wick universe.
The next venture within the John Wick realm is The Continental series, slated to premiere on Peacock this September. Meanwhile, mark your calendars for June 7, 2024, as Ballerina is set to make its eagerly awaited debut. For further insights into the world of John Wick, we invite you to peruse our exclusive interview with Chad Stahelski, focusing on the enthralling Chapter 4.