Will there be a John Wick 5 with Keanu Reeves?
With the conclusion of John Wick: Chapter 4, and the unexpected demise of the eponymous character portrayed by the iconic Keanu Reeves, discussions have emerged regarding the possibility of a John Wick 5. Despite the character’s demise, director Chad Stakelski believes there is still potential for a fifth installment.
“Honestly, I am uncertain,” he revealed in an interview with Empire. “Lionsgate is eager to pursue more John Wick content, which is understandable. It is not a negative thing for a director to have a project that they wish to further develop. Currently, I do not have a definitive concept. However, it is possible that a brilliant idea may strike me or be pitched by Keanu, and it could resonate with us so strongly that we feel compelled to pursue it immediately.”
Nevertheless, there are already ideas being explored. Stakelski stated, “I have envisioned scenes and action sequences that have yet to be utilized, which I would love to incorporate. If we do decide to continue, we must avoid repetition. I need to conduct thorough research and enhance my skills.”
Regarding the demise of Keanu Reeves’ character, Stakelski does not view it as a hindrance: “We have witnessed John endure more severe injuries before.”
Despite the existence of four films, the possibility of John Wick 5 remains open.
“Now that we have concluded the fourth film and achieved a sense of closure, I believe it serves as a satisfactory ending for the series,” Stakelski expressed. “However, there is also a competitive side within me, as a true director, that says, ‘Let’s push boundaries and test our capabilities.’ It is undeniably enticing. I simply have yet to discover the ‘why.’ Nevertheless, this should not discourage us from exploring further possibilities.”
With the closing of John Wick: Chapter 4, and — spoiler alert! — the death of the titular character played by legendary Keanu Reeves, there’s been talk of a potential John Wick 5. Even though the character is dead. But director Chad Stakelski thinks there’s a chance for a fifth installment.
“I honestly don’t know,” he told Empire. “Lionsgate is keen on doing more John Wick stuff, understandably. It’s not a bad thing for a director to have a property that they want to make more of. I don’t have a take right now. But I could wake up tomorrow and have a cool idea that I’d pitch to Keanu, or he would pitch to me, and it might hit that chord of, ‘Oh my God, we got to do this right now.’”
But there’s ideas in the works already. “I have scenes, I have action sequences in my head that we haven’t used that that I’d love to do,” said Stahelski. “If we do come back, we can’t just do the same thing. I gotta do my homework. I gotta get better.”
As for the death of Keanu Reeve’s character, that doesn’t seem to be a problem for Stahelski: “You know, we’ve seen John take worse injuries.”
Even though there’s been four, there’s still a chance for John Wick 5.
“Now we’ve done the four, and completed the circle, so to speak, I think it’s pretty good closure for the series,” said Stahelski. “And then there’s the competitor, or the real director in me who goes, ‘Fuck it, let’s just see if we can do it.’ It’s very appealing. I just don’t have the ‘why’ yet. But that doesn’t mean we should stop looking.”