The John Wick universe keeps growing with the recent release of The Continental spin-off. More spin-offs, like The Ballerina, are in the works, and a new John Wick show is also on the horizon. Director Chad Stahelski shared insights on the upcoming show, discussing which aspects of Wick’s universe and characters he’d like to delve into. Producer Basil Iwanyk also provided an intriguing update on the timeline for John Wick 5. Here’s the latest news on John Wick.
John Wick 5 is in development, but the specifics of its development are still unclear. Unlike behind-the-scenes updates we’ve received before, the team is more interested in John Wick 5. However, uncertainties persist about the movie’s plot, John Wick’s role, and where the story will pick up.
John Wick 5 story timeline
There has been an update on the story timeline now. Producer Basil Iwanyk revealed to Screen Rant that John Wick 5 will not be a story that picks up the pieces from John Wick 4’s ending, and it will not be a case of showcasing events that are, for example, taking place six months later from John Wick 4, as per Iwanyk.
“If there is another John Wick movie, which I do believe there will be, we don’t know what it is yet, but I do believe. I do feel like it will be a completely other book. If these movies were four chapters, you kind of blame it on the metaphor. The next John Wick will be another book,” said Iwanyk.
John Wick director on exploring the world in TV show
Director Chad Stahelski also talked to Screen Rant recently, revealing the stuff he would want to explore in the new John Wick show, which will not be based on Keanu Reeves’ character. Instead, the show will serve as a platform to create an even richer world of this franchise, deeply exploring the potential the characters, as well as cultures, have in this world, of which we’ve only seen a glimpse of in the movies.
Stahelski talked about his love for the world of The Bowery King, China, Hong Kong, the character of Rina Sawayama (Akira), Halle Berry’s character (Sofia Al-Azwa) and more. He also revealed that he would like to touch up more on the organisations and culture of Italians, French, Japanese, Chinese, Middle East, Indonesians, and Russians in the new show.
Keanu Reeves wanted a more violent death in John Wick 2
Basil Iwanyk also told Screen Rant that the idea of killing John Wick had previously been suggested, long before John Wick 4 happened. Keanu Reeves had even suggested a much more violent death for Wick than the one we witnessed (or did we?) in John Wick 4. Iwanyk shared that Reeves once pitched an idea for John Wick 2 saying, “Here’s what happens. They cut my head off. They cut my head off.” To which Iwanyk replied before laughing, “There’s no chance you’re getting your head cut off.”