John Wick, Lionsgate and the director open to a fifth film with Keanu Reeves

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Hold on tight, indeed very strong: the chances of seeing John Wick 5 become more and more realistic. After the film’s explosion at the box office, plans to say goodbye to Wick seem to have faded. “We will all rest and then we will see ideas for a credible way to make the 5”, he said a few hours ago on The Hollywood Reporter Joe Drake, president of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group. “But there’s no guarantee,” he adds.

That “there is no guarantee” depends on the fact that the producers have to overcome a significant obstacle, or rather two: Chad Stahelski and Keanu Reeves.
In fact, director Chad Stahelski had clearly stated that he and Reeves were certain of the end. “Keanu and Chad rightly are very careful never to make fun of the public,” underlines the president of Lionsgate. “So we definitely have our work cut out for us,” he adds to thr.

A great thing to do really, since it will be one mission Perhaps impossible convince the director and protagonist of the legendary saga dedicated to the ruthless hit man to give himself away. And perhaps to betray their audience, which Stahelski and Reeves fear perhaps even more than the eventuality of betraying themselves… Yet the same director now hesitates and is no longer so sure of closing shop and puppets. When you have a puppet like Keanu Reeves, it’s tough. Collodi teach.

Such a boom at the box office that one cannot but think of a sequel

John Wick 4 it grossed a whopping $73.8 million in the United States alone. Precisely these numbers are the ones that have reopened the debate on 5. Such a boom at the box office cannot fail to make one think of a sequel, at least speaking with the mentality and point of view of Hollywood producers.

And the box office results were equally impressive overseas, where the film opened to a whopping $67.6 million in 71 markets, for a global start of $141.4 million, a record for a film series. , on all fronts.

Chad Stahelski had previously considered making the 4 and 5

Director Chad Stahelski had previously considered making the fourth and fifth films back-to-back, however that idea was scrapped once the ending for chapter 4 was decided. Which, beware of the following spoiler, ends with (SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER ) the departure of John Wick.
So fans are wondering how Wick will be resurrected.
“Keanu is so loved and that character is so loved,” explains a The Hollywood Reporter Joe Drake of Lionsgate, who will try everything in order not to miss the opportunity to once again offer the wide audience of the saga a new chapter. However, as he specified, there will be a number 5 only if everything is credible in terms of diegesis. If the plot doesn’t hold up, nothing will be done about it (he promises).

“There is a will and there is an openness. And you could certainly interpret that ending in different ways,” Drake said though. So it could be that in John Wick 4 in the end (SPOILER) the character of Keanu Reeves does not die? The streets of Hollywood are endless. And even more so are the cinematographic sagas that ensure multi-zero earnings…
It must be admitted, however, that (SPOILER) the assembly of the final moments of chapter 4 leaves enough vagueness: Wick is not shown clearly dead. Perhaps this choice was made precisely to give the filmmaker some leeway in case he wanted to resurrect the character.

The director himself is opening up the possibility of a 5th chapter

However, even the director is not firm on the no, quite the contrary. “The films of John Wick, for some strange reason, they always get the latest release date in Japan. It’s always three months later, ”the director said in an interview, imagining how they might think about a fifth installment of the saga. : ‘What do you think?’ We drink a couple of 20-year-old whiskeys and write some ideas on napkins. If those ideas stick, maybe we’ll make a movie.”

But until recently Stahelski declared: “In our minds, Keanu and I are done for now. We’ll give John Wick rest.” The box office, willy-nilly, is the engine of the entertainment machine.

For Keanu Reeves this is yet another success

As for Reeves, John Wick 4 it’s the second-best opening of his live-action career, behind The Matrix Reloadedwhich started with $91.8 million domestically two decades ago, in 2003. On the animation side, however, Reeves was part of the voice cast of toy story 4 from Pixar, which grossed $121 million domestically in its first weekend of 2019.

Regardless of the fate of John Wick 5Reeves will return to the character in the future, though not necessarily in the lead role. There will indeed be in Dancer, the first spin-off of the saga, which sees Ana de Armas in the role of another determined assassin. Ian McShane, Anjelica Huston and the late Lance Reddick also star in the film, which is expected to hit theaters next year and takes place between the events of John Wick 3 – Parabellum (John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum) And John Wick 4 (John Wick: Chapter 4). The film with Ana de Armas is directed by Len Wiseman.

What about making a prequel?

There is also another possibility, if Reeves wants to return to the role of John Wick: to make a prequel that tells the events before Wick retires to settle down with his wife. The only problem is that this would require Wick to play a much younger version of the character than the one seen… Fortunately, as a fan in the audience at South by Southwest (the film and music festival that takes place) pointed out to Keanu Reeves held each spring in Austin, Texas), the actor doesn’t seem to age. “Yeah man, I get old,” Reeves, 58, replied wearily. “It’s happening, man.”
Lionsgate’s Drake himself has hinted at a prequel as a possibility, noting, “We could certainly go to the first [con la storia]”.