The high table may not be done with John Wick yet and certainly Keanu Reeves isn’t done fighting the High Table and bringing Lions Gate money.
In a surprising turn of events, the beloved John Wick franchise continues to defy the typical sequel curse as Lionsgate’s motion picture group chairman, Joe Drake, officially announced that a fifth John Wick movie is in the early stages of development.
This revelation came during Lionsgate’s Q4 2023 earnings call, where Drake also unveiled plans to expand the John Wick universe, promising fans much more than they could have anticipated.
The recently released John Wick: Chapter 4, featuring the iconic Keanu Reeves in the titular role, has received widespread acclaim from both fans and critics alike, raising the bar for the franchise. Its remarkable success left fans hoping and praying for another installment, and their wishes have now been granted.
Joe Drake, known for his involvement in Lionsgate’s blockbuster projects, shared his excitement during the earnings call, acknowledging the unparalleled progress that the John Wick franchise has made. With the upcoming fifth film, the series continues its upward trajectory, defying the notion that sequels tend to deteriorate over time.
Contrary to being a mere cash-grab, Drake emphasized that the decision to produce a fifth film was driven by the genuine demand and enthusiasm of the audience. Chad Stahelski, director of the films, previously expressed a similar sentiment in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, asserting that any potential sequels would be driven by a true desire from the audience for more John Wick content.
The fifth installment will build upon the rich world established in the previous films, exploring new territories and captivating storylines. Furthermore, Lionsgate has exciting plans to expand the John Wick universe beyond the main film series, with additional projects in the pipeline.
Aside from the highly anticipated series spin-off, The Continental, which offers a deeper dive into the intriguing realm of the Continental Hotel, Lionsgate has more surprises in store for fans. One such project involves the talented Ana de Armas, who will star in Ballerina, a thrilling story set within the John Wick universe. These ventures demonstrate Lionsgate’s commitment to building a comprehensive world around the iconic character of John Wick.
With the confirmation of a fifth film and the ambitious expansion plans, fans can expect to see even more high-octane action, intense fight sequences, and Keanu Reeves’ exceptional performance as the legendary assassin. The dedication of the creative team, coupled with the overwhelming support from the audience, has solidified John Wick as one of the most successful and beloved franchises in recent memory.
As the development of the fifth John Wick movie continues, enthusiasts of the series eagerly anticipate further announcements regarding its cast, plot details, and release date.
The future of the John Wick universe looks bright, promising a thrilling cinematic experience for fans worldwide, as Lionsgate pushes the boundaries and crafts an intricate web of stories surrounding the indomitable John Wick.