John Wick: Chapter 4

John Wick: Chapter 4[1] (alternatively stylized as JW4) is an upcoming American neo-noir action thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Shay Hatten and Michael Finch. The sequel to John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019), it is the fourth installment in the John Wick film series. Starring Keanu Reeves returning as the title character, filming took place in Berlin, Paris, Osaka and New York City from June to October 2021.

John Wick: Chapter 4
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Teaser poster
Directed byChad Stahelski
Written by
Based onCharacters
by Derek Kolstad
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyDan Laustsen
Edited byNathan Orloff
Music by
Production
companies
Distributed byLionsgate
Release date
  • March 24, 2023 (2023-03-24)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

The film will be theatrically released in the United States on March 24, 2023, by Lionsgate.[2] Originally set for release on May 21, 2021, the film was delayed due to both the COVID-19 pandemic and Reeves's commitments with The Matrix Resurrections.[3]

PremiseEdit

John Wick (Keanu Reeves) uncovers a path to defeating the High Table, but before he can earn his freedom, Wick must face off against a new enemy with powerful alliances across the globe and forces that turn old friends into new foes.[4]

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

On May 20, 2019, Lionsgate announced John Wick: Chapter 4 via their opt-in "John Wick" text update service, writing, "You have served. You will be of service. John Wick: Chapter 4 is coming – May 21, 2021".[14]

Before the third film's release, director Chad Stahelski confirmed on a Reddit "AMA" thread that there had been discussion for another film, and that he would be involved with the project should the threequel be successful.[15] Despite this announcement back then, it was not confirmed if star Keanu Reeves would return for a new installment. However, he told GQ that he would carry on the role as long as the audience wanted it, saying, "As far as my legs can take me, as far as the audience wants to go."[14]

Stahelski later teased the fourth film on an interview with IndieWire by saying Wick would not end the fourth film in "a happy ending", saying, "John may survive all this shit but at the end of it, there's no happy ending. He's got nowhere to go. Honestly, I challenge you right now, here's a question to you: How do you fucking want me to end it? Do you think he's going to ride off into the fucking sunset? He's killed 300 fucking people and he's just going to [walk away], everything's okay? He's just going to fall in love with a love interest? If you're this fucking guy, if this guy really exist[ed], how is this guy's day going to end? He's fucked for the rest of his life. It's just a matter of time."[16][14] Additionally, Stahelski teased Winston's fate in the fourth film, saying, "He meant to shoot him. Did he mean to kill him? That's open for interpretation, you can take it one of two ways, and that's kind of where we pick up some of the unanswered questions in John Wick 4."[17] The studio opted to move on from series creator Derek Kolstad and instead hired Shay Hatten to write the script in May 2020.[18][19] In March 2021, screenwriting duties were passed onto Predators screenwriter Michael Finch.[20]

On May 1, 2020, IndieWire revealed that the fourth film had been delayed to a May 2022 release date following the COVID-19 pandemic and Reeves' commitments to The Matrix Resurrections, which was slated to be released on the same original date window with Wick 4. "The Matrix 4 was only four weeks in when this all happened [production of The Matrix 4 halted]," Stahelski said, "So, Keanu's gotta go finish his commitment up on The Matrix, which is a big deal and which I think will probably take him until the end of the year. Then we have to go into our prep mode and then we'll start. So release dates ... who knows right now."[21]

When the fourth film was announced, Reeves was reportedly revealed to have begun his training course for John Wick 4 and The Matrix Resurrections.[22]

Pre-productionEdit

In early August 2020, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer stated during an earnings call, "We're 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."[23][24]

In May 2021, it was announced that Rina Sawayama would make her feature film debut in John Wick Chapter 4.[11] She was selected due to the role requiring someone who can do choreography, and Stahelski had seen her music videos for "XS" and "Bad Friend" that feature dance and fighting, respectively.[25] The following month, Laurence Fishburne,[26] Hiroyuki Sanada,[27] Donnie Yen,[28] Bill Skarsgård,[29] Shamier Anderson,[30] and Scott Adkins were cast in the film.[31] Sanada was initially courted to portray Zero in Chapter 3, but dropped out in favor of appearing in Avengers: Endgame.[32][33] In July 2021, Lance Reddick was confirmed to be reprising his role as Charon,[34] and Ian McShane was confirmed to be reprising his role as Winston.[6] Clancy Brown joined the cast that August.[35]

FilmingEdit

Production began on June 28, 2021, in Berlin and Paris, with additional filming to take place in Japan and New York City.[36] On October 27, 2021, principal photography had officially wrapped.[37]

ReleaseEdit

TheatricalEdit

John Wick: Chapter 4 is scheduled to be released on March 24, 2023.[38] Lionsgate officially announced the film during Parabellum's opening week, with a scheduled release date of May 21, 2021.[39][40][16] The film's release date was delayed to May 27, 2022, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and then further to March 24, 2023, in part to avoid opening against Top Gun: Maverick.[3][41]

FutureEdit

In August 2020, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer confirmed that a fifth film was being developed alongside John Wick: Chapter 4. While it was initially intended to be shot back-to-back with the fourth installment, in March 2021 Lionsgate opted to delay production and move forward with Chapter 4 first.[42] Keanu Reeves has stated that he will continue making sequels, as long as the films are successful.[43] Reeves and Ian McShane will reprise their respective roles as John Wick and Winston Scott in the upcoming spin-off film Ballerina, starring Ana de Armas as ballerina-assassin Rooney Brown (replacing Unity Phelan from Parabellum).[44]

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