Lionsgate unveiled Thursday plans for its John Wick franchise, confirming that a John Wick 5 is in the works.
Studio CEO Jon Feltheimer told analysts about two new movies in the long-running franchise starring Keanu Reeves, which would be filmed back-to-back.
"We are also busy preparing scripts for the next two installments of our John Wick action franchise, with John Wick 4 slated to hit theaters Memorial Day weekend 2022. We hope to shoot both John Wick 4 and 5 back-to-back when Keanu becomes available early next year," Feltheimer announced.
[caption id="attachment_55234" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Keanu Reeves in John Wick[/caption]
John Wick was released in 2014 followed by two sequels, "John Wick: Chapter 2" on February 10, 2017, and "John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum" on May 17, 2019. The movies were considered critical and commercial successes, generating over $579 million in worldwide.
The franchise was created by screenwriter Derek Kolstad and owned by Summit Entertainment.
Reeves plays John Wick, a retired hitman, who sought vengeance for the killing of the dog given to him by his recently-deceased wife.
John Wick 4 was rescheduled for a Memorial Day after it was pushed back a year from May 21, 2021, following the theatrical and production shutdown due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
It remains unclear when the movies would begin their production. Reeves is currently shooting Matrix 4 in Berlin, after production on the Warner Bros franchise film had to be halted due to the pandemic.
[caption id="attachment_53052" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Keanu Reeves and Halle Berry in John Wick: Chapter 3[/caption]
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