Despite rumors that claim John Wick 5 is already underway, it seems like the fifth film in the saga has the second most important person on the project against it: the director. Chad Stahelski was behind the cameras in the first installment and now claims that the series is done on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, where, by the way, he has also revealed that there would be more movies if it was up to Keanu Reeves.
“Yeah, Keanu and I have talked. Keanu, if you ask him right now, ‘Would you do John Wick 5?’ He’d be, ‘f--k yeah’,” said Stahelski. “But then he’d look and go, ‘Well, what is it? I have no f--king idea.’ That’s all. Believe me. It’s not like, ‘We’re going to figure it out today.’ Like, look man, we’re going to do our other stuff for a little bit, but if I was driving in the car or if I was walking the dog and an idea hit me, within 30 seconds I’d be on the phone to Keanu and we’d be riffing.”
“Most of the audience would love to see Keanu back, they just don’t want to be treated like they’re idiots. They don’t want to be treated like hey give me your $14 and we’ll bring back the guy and he’ll shoot more people in the head,” he added.
The John Wick series
Ok, maybe we won’t have any more John Wick movies, but what is certain is that we are going to have more productions set in his universe. The first of them is The Continental, a miniseries for Peacock that arrives in a matter of days and narrates the origins of the iconic hotel for assassins that serves as the main setting of the series.
Pay attention to its synopsis and first trailer:
“The three-part event will explore the origin behind the iconic hotel-for-assassins centerpiece of the John Wick universe through the eyes and actions of a young Winston Scott, as he’s dragged into the Hell-scape of 1970′s New York City to face a past he thought he’d left behind. Winston charts a deadly course through the hotel’s mysterious underworld in a harrowing attempt to seize the hotel where he will eventually take his future throne.
Ballerina, a spin-off with Keanu and Ana de Armas
The Continental will be joined next year by a second spin-off, Ballerina, in this case starring Ana de Armas. It will be released in theaters around the world on June 7, 2024 and its writers have already previewed what it’ll be about:
“Ballerina starts by introducing a character who kind of went through some of the same training as John in the ballet academy of Anjelica Huston[’s character] that we see in the third movie. But then she ends up going to a whole new corner of the world and a new kind of isolated community that really is unlike anything we’ve seen in these previous John Wick movies.”
It has even been confirmed that Keanu Reeves will be present in Ballerina and apparently, not for a simple cameo. “I shouldn’t say too much, but he’s in the movie in a way that I think people are going to be really excited by. And it was cool because it really was... the only reason we set it between three and four was because it felt like there was kind of a cool window of time for John there, because at the end of the third movie, he’s been shot off the roof. He’s really kind of beaten up, and then he recuperates in the Bowery King’s basement,” confessed Shay Hatten, writer for Ballerina.
But Keanu will not be Ballerina’s only surprise, as we will also see in it Lance Reddick, who recently passed away, but who managed to make a special appearance beforehand and will join other cast stars like the much-loved Norman Reedus (Daryl in The Walking Dead, or Sam Porter in Death Stranding).