According to recent reports, Lionsgate has confirmed that the possibility of John Wick 5 is hinged on Keanu Reeve’s return. Committed to bringing back Reeves to the $1.8 Billion franchise, the studio recently shared a surprising update about the next installment.
Key decision-makers in the project have revealed their respective takes on the ongoing talks and negotiations surrounding John Wick 5.
“Feel like bulls**t” – Is there an organic way of bringing back Keanu Reeves?
The John Wick 4 climax saw Keanu Reeve’s character being shot in a duel. Moreover, after the fight, John Wick seemingly died on the steps of the Basilica of Sacré Coeur while remembering his wife, Helen. Hence, many fans are wondering if there is a natural and rational way of bringing the character back.
According to the recent reports by CNN, Lionsgate Motion Pictures has officially secured Keanu Reeves for another John Wick installment. Sharing the update, Joe Drake, Chairman of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group told CNN, “We’re not ready to say goodbye to Keanu with this franchise. It’s what alternative there will be.”
However, on the other hand, the prospects of John Wick 5 seem doubtful. Expressing a sense of uncertainty, producer Basil Iwanyk explained that there might be an authentic way to continue John Wick’s story. “If they’ve an organic way back in that doesn’t feel like bulls**t, then there will be a John Wick 5.”
Furthermore, director Chad Stahelski shared on the Happy Sad Confused podcast that Keanu Reeves is eager to reprise his iconic role. “Keanu, if you ask him right now, ‘Would you do John Wick 5?’ He’d be, ‘F**k yeah!’” But then why isn’t there any progress on the casting yet?
Franchise expansion and Keanu Reeves’s much-anticipated trip to Japan
Since there are no official announcements regarding the commencement of John Wick 5, some other exciting developments have kept the fans hooked. Reports of two potential spin-offs, Ballerina, starring Ana de Armas, and drama miniseries The Continental: Drom the World of John Wick have intrigued fans.
Apart from this, news of Keanu Reeves’ trip to Japan alongside John Wick director Chad Stahleski has sparked rumors. Many expect the duo to finally reach a conclusion regarding John Wick 5. As producer Iwanyk shared, “That trip to Japan, it’s like waiting for a boat to emerge out of the smoke, but that’s the impetus.”
Due to the lack of any official announcements surrounding the project, the future of John Wick 5 seems to be shrouded in a veil of uncertainty. Though the makers are not willing to continue the story without Reeves, the question of how they will approach John Wick’s revival still remains a mystery that affects the probability of the fifth installment.