Last week, Lionsgate announced a few key changes to its upcoming slate of titles, including a shift of the “John Wick 4” production schedule and the confirmation of “John Wick 5.”
“We’re also busy preparing scripts for the next two installments of our ‘John Wick’ action franchise, with ‘John Wick 4’ slated to hit theatres Memorial Day weekend 2022,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. “We hope to shoot both ‘John Wick 4’ and ‘5’ back to back when Keanu becomes available early next year.”
Lionsgate hit the bullseye with the “John Wick” franchise. All three installments were lauded as the crème de la crèmes of the action genre, collectively grossing more than $587 million worldwide. The success of the “John Wick” movies has spawned video games, a Starz television series, and a short comic book series. An upcoming spin-off film titled “Ballerina” is also in the works, with Len Wiseman (“Underworld”) set to direct.
“John Wick,” “John Wick: Chapter 2,” and “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” follow a lethal assassin as he enacts delicious vengeance on his enemies. Keanu Reeves stars in the titular role. Ian McShane (“Deadwood”) and Lance Reddick (“White House Down”) also play important parts.
Though I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the biggest action movie devotee, the wildly entertaining and deftly choreographed fight sequences in the “John Wick” movies have won me over. The video from Savage Books above shows how the writers of “John Wick” managed to create a villainous protagonist. Check it out to see why “John Wick’s” writing should be as celebrated as its gunfights!