Keanu Reeves will return to the John Wick franchise for a fifth film, Lionsgate confirmed on Thursday. Reeves is scheduled to shoot John Wick 4 and John Wick 5 back to back sometime early next year, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said during an earnings call, as reported by Deadline.
Lionsgate originally announced a fourth John Wick film in May 2019, just as John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum was bowing in movie theaters. John Wick: Chapter 4 was originally scheduled to hit theaters on May 21, 2021, but the film was delayed earlier this year to May 27, 2022, one of many theatrical releases pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A release date for John Wick 5 was not announced.
John Wick: Chapter 3 ended on something of a cliffhanger, with a gravely injured Wick recovering in the care of the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne) after being gunned down by Winston (Ian McShane) on the roof of the Continental. The third chapter’s final moments sets up Wick’s revenge against The High Table, the mysterious organization that oversees assassins in his assassin-dominated world.
Lionsgate has at least two John Wick spinoffs in the works with the Starz television series The Continental and another movie called Ballerina, a planned expansion of the franchise about a younger assassin. That film is being helmed by Underworld director Len Wiseman.