In a lengthy new interview with GQ, John Wick star Keanu Reeves touched upon a lot of his career including the future. Suggesting in one segment that if his body and audiences allow him to continue making John Wick movies he’ll keep going.
Reeves’s name can still help secure financing for action movies of a certain size, and sometimes those turn into a John Wick. He’s not unhappy playing John, says he’ll make more of these things if the demand is there. “As far as my legs can take me,” he says. “As far as the audience wants to go.”
The sentiment was previously echoed by director Chad Stahelski, who told EntertainmentWeekly in December that if people came out to see John Wick 3, they’d make a John Wick 4.
Stahelski reveals that he would happily make a fourth John Wick film if the audience enjoys this movie, but he isn’t counting his chickens yet. “We did the first one and were like, ‘They’re going to laugh at us,’” he says. “This one, I’m already looking for janitorial jobs.”
It sounds like Reeves is up for the challenge of keeping the franchise going, whatever that looks like and given the modest budgets of the films in comparison to their box office takes, Lionsgate will likely keep making them. This should be good news to Wick fans, as they’re still trying to put together a universe of sorts with The Contential series on Starz in development along with a spin-off feature film titled Ballerina.
I’m curious what the franchise could look like beyond a John Wick 4, as John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’s title would suggest they’re “preparing for war”. Could we actually see a full-scale war in this world of assassins or they just talking about John going up against the High Table himself? I guess we’ll have to see on May 17th when the film is released as the last movie did lead into a third, there is a chance they might leave some room for more installments.
In this third installment of the adrenaline-fueled action franchise, super-assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) returns with a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin’s guild, the High Table, John Wick is excommuincado, but the world’s most ruthless hit men and women await his every turn.