Keanu Reeves came back in a major way with 2014's John Wick, thus spawning one of the most unlikely action franchises of the current decade. The third installment, John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, became one of the most critically acclaimed, as well as one of the most financially successful, entries in the series yet. Therefore, it should come as no surprise to learn that John Wick: Chapter 4 is right around the corner — locked and loaded.
There are plans for a spin-off or two, as well as a video game, a television show prequel centered around The Continental Hotel and a possible Atomic Blonde crossover with Charlize Theron, in addition to this new sequel. Therefore, fans shouldn't be missing out on any John Wick-related goodness in the years to come. For now, though, let's take a look at what we know about the upcoming John Wick: Chapter 4. Details are obviously limited, especially since it is still in production. But, we'll tell you everything we know about the exciting sequel, and why you should be thrilled for Wick's return.
John Wick: Chapter 4’s Release Date Is Set For May 27, 2022
John Wick: Chapter 2 came out a little under three years after its original. Subsequently, John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum was released a little over two years after its predecessor. Keeping in this tradition, it has been announced that John Wick fans won't have to wait terribly long before John Wick is back on the big screen but a little longer than originally expected. As it was reported by Variety in 2019, the newest John Wick movie was set to be released on May 21, 2021, but the next chapter in the saga was pushed back an entire year (plus six days) to May 27, 2022 to not compete with The Matrix 4, which was also delayed. That's almost exactly three years after the third movie, and that's very good news for action movie lovers. Particularly after the explosive cliffhanger during the John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum ending.
The John Wick: Chapter 4 Cast Includes Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Donnie Yen And Bill Skarsgård
It should come as no surprise, but the John Wick: Chapter 4 cast is shaping up to be just as stacked with asskickers as the first three installments in the franchise. Leading the pack for a fourth time is Keanu Reeves as out-of-retirement assassin with an undying love of dogs John Wick. Back into the fold will also be Laurence Fishburne, who will be returning for more action as the Bowery King. And what would a John Wick movie be without Ian McShane’s Winston or Lance Riddick’s Charon? But worry not, as both the Continental manager and concierge will be back for another round of violence.
John Wick: Chapter 4 will also see the arrival of a few newcomers to the franchise, including a Rogue One star and frightening antagonist from IT. Rina Sawayama, Donnie Yen, Shamier Anderson, Bill Skarsgård, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Scott Adkins, who have all been cast in undisclosed roles. We will have to wait and see about a possible return of Halle Berry, John Leguizamo, Asia Kate Dillon, Jason Mantzoukas, and Anjelica Huston, but be on the lookout for that in the future.
John Wick: Chapter 4 Is Directed By Chad Stahelski
No surprise here, but Chad Stahelski will be back in the director’s chair for a fourth time for John Wick: Chapter 4. The former stuntman-turned-action filmmaker co-directed the original John Wick alongside an uncredited David Leitch (Deadpool 2, Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw), and he took over solo directing duties for both John Wick: Chapter 2 and John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum.
The blockbuster filmmaker noted in a Reddit AMA back in May 2019 that he would be involved with a fourth film should the third movie be successful. Clearly, that was the case here, and within a year of those statements, Stahelski was busy worrying about how he could top the theatrics and stunts of the previous entry in the hard-hitting saga.
The John Wick: Chapter 4 Script Was Co-Written By Army Of The Dead’s Shay Hatten
The John Wick: Chapter 4 script was co-written by Shay Hatten (along with Michael Finch), who not only wrote John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum but has gone on to co-write the Army of the Dead script alongside director Zack Snyder as well as its upcoming prequel Army of Thieves and anime prequel series Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas. Quickly becoming one of the busiest writers in Hollywood, Hatten is also working on the John Wick spinoff Ballerina and fifth installment in the successful action franchise.
Production On John Wick: Chapter 4 Kicked Off In June 2021
In the same month it was originally set to open in theaters, John Wick: Chapter 4 entered production in a very on-brand way in June 2021 (through a text message similar to those sent out by the Continental, in case you were wondering). The good news just kept coming in the weeks following the official start of principal photography with a picture of Donnie Yen looking all kinds of badass in a makeup chair on set as well as word of even more additions to the all-star cast.
Continuing with the globe-trotting action of the previous two installments in the franchise, it sounds like John Wick: Chapter 4 will have even more international flavor with Collider reporting filming will take place in Berlin, Paris, and Japan in addition to the Big Apple. It doesn’t sound like John Wick will get any rest in his fourth set of adventures.
John Wick: Chapter 4 Won’t Be The End Of The Franchise
As mentioned earlier, John Wick became one of the most unlikely action movie franchises of the past few years. It has grown from a small $20 million action flick into one of the biggest, most expensive and elaborate cinematic franchises in Hollywood. Audiences are clearly hungry for more, and they are happy to know that John Wick: Chapter 4 is coming around the corner.
How far will this franchise go, though? It's hard to say for sure, but we do know that there will be at least one more installment of the main franchise with John Wick: Chapter 5 currently in development and the Ballerina spinoff also in the works.
While it's hard to know for sure whether or not John Wick: Chapter 5 will be the conclusive installment in the ever-growing action franchise, it doesn't sound like the filmmakers have any plans for giving this character any sense of peace throughout his extensive, ongoing troubles. He's a marked man, someone who has chosen a dangerous profession where you don't necessarily win or lose. Rather, you either live to see another day or die trying. It is not a happy life, and it doesn't sound like there is any sort of harmony to be found in John Wick's final moments — whenever those might arrive.
For now, however, Chad Stahelski, Keanu Reeves and everyone else will seemingly ride the train as far as it'll go — even if the end point is bleak. All that said, though, it sounds like Keanu Reeves is a lot more hopeful and optimistic about what might happen during John Wick's final sequence. It should also be noted that Stahelski said back in late 2018 that he would like to continue this series "indefinitely," so there are no plans to slow down.
There is still a lot that has yet to be revealed about John Wick: Chapter 4, including its official title, story, and who will be hunting after Keanu Reeves’ badass assassin. One thing we do know is that John Wick: Chapter 4 is one of the most anticipated 2022 movies, which is saying a lot considering everything else coming out.