Fans of John Wick are in for a real treat because a fifth film has just been given the go ahead.
Lionsgate has officially confirmed John Wick 5 is going into to production and it will be filmed back-to-back with the fourth movie – which was halted due to COVID-19.
The studio’s CEO John Feltheimer said during an earnings call, via Deadline: “We’re also busy preparing scripts for the next two instalments of our John Wick action franchise, with John Wick 4 slated to hit theatres Memorial Day weekend 2022.
“We hope to shoot both John Wick 4 & 5 back to back when Keanu becomes available early next year.”
Keanu has been busy shooting The Matrix 4, which cast doubt on whether he would be able to film both projects in time for their planned release on the same weekend next year.
John Wick 4 was slated for release on 27 May 2021, while the fourth instalment in the Matrix saga has now been pushed back to 1 April 2022.
Lionsgate says the fourth Matrix movie has had its date moved back due to the coronavirus pandemic interrupting filming and production schedules.
The announcement comes after director Chad Stahelski hinted that the date could be moved in an interview with Collider.
He told the news outlet: “Between how much we want to expand the John Wick – let’s just call it a ‘franchise’, I guess – and the pandemic, I couldn’t tell you a release date for the next one. I mean, Matrix was only four weeks in when this all happened.
“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 the we’ll start.
“So release dates, I’m sure with every production from Dave [Leitch’s] stuff to our stuff, who knows right now.”
Other movies titled pushed by Lionsgate include the Saw spin-off Spiral, which was set to be released later this month but will now land on 21 May 2021, while The Hitman’s Bodyguard 2 has also been delayed by a year and will now be released on 20 August 2021.
Starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson ,The Hitman’s Bodyguard grossed $180 million on the worldwide box office.
Patrick Hughes will be returning to direct the sequel, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard. Matt O’Toole and Les Weldon also return as producers for the second film. Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson will be returning to their respective roles of Michael Bryce and Darius Kincaid. Salma Hayek will also be returning to her role as Darius’s wife, Sonia Kincaid.
The sequel will revolve around her, as Michael and Darius unite again to save her from new threats. Élodie Yung will not be reprising her role of Interpol agent and Michael’s ex-girlfriend, Amelia Roussel. Richard E. Grant will also reprise his role from the first film as Mr. Seifert, a client of Michael.
Among the new cast members, we have Frank Grillo, Morgan Freeman and Antonio Banderas. The roles that these actors have been cast in are not disclosed yet. Tom Hopper also joins the cast of Hitman’s Bodyguard 2 as Magnusson. Other new cast members include Kristofer Kamiyasu, playing the role of Zento. Gabriella Wright has been cast as Veronica.