Lionsgate announced two sequels to John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, originally slated to be shot simultaneously. Eventually, the filmmakers decided to split the project up. At the moment, only John Wick: Chapter 4 is in post-production, while Chapter 5 is yet to be announced. Chad Stahelski, the helmer of Wick, says it was simply too much to handle.
Keanu Reeves wanted to take it one movie at a time and see how things worked out. He recalls that in most franchises that have attempted it, it seems like the same thing has been done again. There’s no new influence. Occasionally, you need to take a creative breath to come up with something new.
He recalls that in most franchises that have attempted it, it seems like the same thing has been done again. There’s no new influence. Occasionally, you need to take a creative breath to come up with something new and do two great movies.” It was always his intention to concentrate on one film and move on from there.
Stahelski believes he is lucky to be able to pull off a great act, let alone two great movies. We’re location-based, so planning out 10 locations over two years is tough. Like it’s not my best work. But you’re getting me when it’s 200 days in production, we’re all hammered. The choreographers are putting out the same moves.
I rotate stunt teams and choreographers on literally every film, and we’re always trying to be creatively better. We’re doing better ourselves from last time, and it would be unfair to our fans and unfair to the property, in general, to just stretch it out for efficiency’s sake. I’d rather do it, take a breather, analyze where we went wrong, and figure out what worked and what didn’t.”
Currently, John Wick: Chapter 4 is scheduled to be released on March 24, 2023, while The Continental has not yet been scheduled for release. Can you think of any other Wick spinoffs you’d like to see? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section or on Twitter @AdamBarnhardt!
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