Revenge can’t be contained in just three movies, so will there be a John Wick 4? One of the best wholly original movie series of the 2010s, the John Wick franchise has succeeded thanks to a mix of intensely choreographed action and ever-deepening alt-world building.
The story of John Wick is pretty simple. A retired assassin’s dog is killed, bringing him out of retirement. But this is no regular assassin: this is John Wick, the Baba Yaga. His violence is brutal and drive for revenge relentless; by the time of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, he’s enacting his balletic gun-fu against the might of the ruling High Table. And, it seems, that’s just the start.
John Wick 3 was teased the culmination of a trilogy, but its ending leaves the possibility of John Wick 4 wide open. Here’s everything we know about John Wick 4’s development, story and possible release date.
Officially, John Wick 4 hasn’t been greenlit. The third film was already in early development by the time John Wick: Chapter 2 released but wasn’t announced until after. The same can be expected for John Wick 4. However, that doesn’t mean early moves aren’t being made.
Director Chad Stahelski has made clear numerous times, most recently in a Reddit AMA, that he would make a John Wick 4 if the third movie was a success, but has been reluctant to say much further.
Keanu Reeves is also on board for making John Wick 4. Speaking in April 2019, the star stated he’d keeping making movies “As far as my legs can take me… As far as the audience wants to go.”
Of course, there’s clearly a plan for more John Wick given the ending of Chapter 3 – Parabellum. After an intense fight to protect The Continental, Manager Winston shoots and seemingly kills John to regain the High Table’s favor. John, however, isn’t dead, and is taken to the Bowery King who speaks of revenge. Asking if John’s angry, the battered and bruised assassin growls, “Yeah.”
This would quite clearly set up a John Wick 4 where John and the Bowery King work together against both the High Table and The Continental, delivering the all-out war that the Parabellum title teased.
John Wick 4 currently has no release date, and won’t until it’s officially announced. Considering the release of the previous movies – John Wick in October 2014, Chapter 2 in February 2017 and Parabellum in May 2019, it’s fair to expect at least a two-year gap. John Wick 4 could release in 2021, at the earliest.
But just because John Wick’s plotting revenge doesn’t mean audiences won’t get anything from this world. Stahelski is currently working on a John Wick TV spinoff for Starz called The Continental centered on the coin-exchanging hotel. The series will follow a new character but potentially feature a Keanu Reeves cameo (although Ian McShane is unlikely to return). This will likely premiere before John Wick 4.