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SPOILERS: So, will we get a John Wick 5? Director gives optimistic answer

March 26th, 2023 by Marc Comments

So, the wait is finally over and the fourth chapter in the John Wick saga is in cinemas and it’s more of the expected crazy stunts, breathtaking action and wonderfully bonkers mythology that the series has managed to make its calling card ever since the first movie hit in 2014.

But, for the first time, the movie seems to have an ending and could mean that John will not be continuing his story… and we’re not sure what that means,


At the movie’s finale we see Keanu Reeves’ John Wick, having been badly wounded during the events of the movie, sitting on the steps of the Sacré-Cœur in Paris before slumping to the side before the movie cuts to the gravestone of the character where his friends Bowery King, played by Lawrence Fishburne, and Winston, played by Ian McShane, ponder if he’s gone to heaven or hell and leaving the audience assuming that Wick has finally found peace but wondering if it really is the end of this now iconic character… it has a, let’s just say, Nick Fury feel.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’d be happy to have John die here; his story ended and he finally found peace and we know that, while John is gone, that world is very much alive with spinoffs, tv shows and video games all in the works, however, as has been the pattern so far, the movie is already a massive hit and we must be wondering if the studio will let Mr Wick leave so easily.

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So is really dead and gone? “I hope not,” says producer Erica Lee, “I have heard Keanu say that this is the death of John Wick the character, but also, what does that mean? Is that the alias of John Wick? Is that the assassin John Wick? I think the answer is we don’t know yet.”

Ok, so Reeves seems to be saying that Wick is dead. Look, the star is 58 now and while he’s still in amazing shape and looks great, he’s an actor renounced for doing his own stunts and is bound to be feeling the stress of these movies, so we’d not blame him if he was ready to hang up the bulletproof jacket.

However, director Chad Stahelski, is happy to put the series to rest for now, isn’t ruling out a return and knows that, at the end of the day, it very much comes down to what the studio decides.

“In our minds, Keanu and I are done for the moment,” he says, “We’re going to give John Wick a rest. I’m sure the studio has a plan. If everyone loves it and it goes kooky, then we’ll take a quiet minute.

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“Keanu and I will take the long trip to Tokyo [when the movie comes out there], we’ll sit in the Imperial Hotel Scotch Bar and go, “What do you think?” We’ll have a couple 20-year-old whiskies and write some ideas on napkins. If those ideas stick, maybe we’ll make a movie.”

Hmmmmmm… it seems like Wick may be case of reports of his death have been greatly exaggerated.

“You will never [hear] Keanu or I say, we’re done,” Stahelski adds, “We’re proud of what we’ve done, flattered people want to see more, and we want to continue that and will be there to help out. What Lionsgate decides to do with the properties is up to them.”

Personally, I think that in a series like this, having Wick come back wouldn’t be that hard a task – it’s not known for its reality, after all.

That all said, this year alone, we have more of the Wick universe to come with The Continental series set to arrive this September, telling the story of how a young Winston came to be the manager of The Continental hotel. It will star Colin Woodell as Winston Scott and Mel Gibson as the new character, Cormac, as well as Peter Greene as Uncle Charlie, Katie McGrath as The Adjudicator, Ray McKinnon as Jenkins, Adam Shapiro as Lemmy, Mark Musashi as Hansel, Marina Mazepa as Gretel, Ayomide Adegun as Charon and Ben Robson as Frankie. The Book of Eli’s Albert Hughes will direct.

On top of this, also expected this year is The Ballerina, above right, starring James Bond: No Time to Die star Ana DeArmas; it will also star Reeves as Wick as well as the late Lance Reddick as Charon, McShane’s Winston and Anjelica Huston, returning from John Wick: Parabellum.

We also know that a John Wick open-world game may be in development too (here) and on top of that, fans who stayed until the end of John Wick Chapter 4 will know that another potential spinoff has been set-up between Donnie Yen’s Caine, left, and Rina Sawayama’s Akira.

All this means that, even if John Wick 5 never happens, we will be seeing the character at least once more and the world is so rich that there could be fun movies, games, comics and all in between for years to come… and we’ll not even get into movies like Nobody and Atomic Blonde which are probably John Wick-related too.

See you soon, Mr Wick.

Source: THR and Screenrant

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….