The recent premiere of ‘John Wick 4’ made it clear that the saga starring Keanu Reeves It could stop there, since the end of the film also works as a farewell to the franchise. However, the initial idea was always to make ‘John Wick 5’to the point that at the time it was announced that the fourth and fifth installments were going to be shot at the same time.
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Although it has not been confirmed by those responsible, everything indicates that the story of both films ended up merging into one to close the story of the mythical murderer played by Reeves, partly because the director Chad Stahelski he refused to shoot two in a row because he needed a creative break between the two so they wouldn’t look too similar to each other. However, what is already confirmed is that ‘John Wick’ will not be Reeves’ last appearance in the saga, as the character will reappear in ‘Ballerina’, the spin-off led by Ana de Armas It will hit theaters next year.
What is happening with ‘John Wick 5’
Nevertheless, everything that surrounds ‘John Wick 5’ remains a mystery, since Stahelski has dropped on several occasions that the idea right now is to let the character rest, but also that they do not rule out a possible fifth installment. In fact, this same week he has once again pronounced himself on this subject in these terms:
It is very flattering that he comes back to tell us ‘We want more’, and that it is not just to get money. It is legitimate that the public wants more. I think we all need a little time to say, ‘Whew. Let’s see what’s next.’ … If Keanu and I are sitting in a bar in Japan again a few months from now and say, ‘Yeah, we’re never going to do one of those again,’ and all of a sudden we’re like, ‘Yeah, but I have an idea,’ we’re open. thereto…
It’s clear that for Stahelski and Reeves it all comes down to telling a worthwhile story that makes sense. That is going to be the real challenge for them to be compensated by making ‘John Wick 5’, since the mere commercial stimulus is not going to be a sufficient incentive for them. Things change if we think from the point of view of Lionsgate, the studio behind the franchise.
joe drakepresident of Lionsgate, did not hesitate to say that the study “not ready to say goodbye to Keanu Reeves” in relation to this franchise. To this we must add some illuminating statements by the producer Basil Iwanyck on what would be a good excuse for the character to return after that end of the fourth installment:
Actually, there are two characters. There’s John Wick, and John the civilian. The question for all of us is, okay, if the public accepts the story and the box office works, is there another story to tell? Don’t know. But I don’t think we’ve cornered ourselves, he’s dead or alive, at the end of this movie…
come on, what margin they have to recover Reeves in ‘John Wick 5’ without it being nonsense. The problem is that Stahelski is clear that the fourth installment has served to close the character’s story and that when it comes to tackling a project “‘Always have a why’. If you don’t have it, don’t make the movie.” And in the case of ‘John Wick 5’ it’s hard to think of any good reason to do it in artistic terms.
And it’s true that Reeves did not want to completely close the door on ‘John Wick 5’but he has also made his conditions very clear and that he does not seem particularly interested in her: “I wouldn’t do a John Wick movie without Chad Stahelski. We should see what he looks like. For me, I think John Wick has found peace.“.
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