Director Chad Stahelski Says ‘John Wick’ Franchise Is Taking “A Rest”

Director Chad Stahelski has created four John Wick movies – the latest being John Wick: Chapter 4 – but after some reflection, he’s decided that he’s taking a pause.

Come 23 March 2023, fans may want to savour every moment of the almost three-hours long movie because once the credits roll, it’ll be some time till fans can catch John Wick 5, 6 or maybe even 7 if it happens.

“In our minds, Keanu and I are done for the moment. We’re going to give John Wick a rest. I’m sure the studio has a plan. If everyone loves it and it goes kooky, then we’ll take a quiet minute,” said Stahelski in an interview (via THR).

John Wick: Chapter 4 Runtime

“Wicks always, for some weird reason, always get the latest release date in Japan. It’s always like, three months later. If it’s the same this time, we’ll do a Japanese tour and release the movie in September. Keanu and I will take the long trip to Tokyo, we’ll sit in the Imperial Hotel Scotch Bar and go, “What do you think?” We’ll have a couple 20-year-old whiskies and write some ideas on napkins. If those ideas stick, maybe we’ll make a movie.”

The first John Wick movie released in 2014 and followed the titular character, played by actor Keanu Reeves, who seeks out for revenge against the men who killed his puppy, a gift from his late wife.

Three movies after and we see Wick with a price on his head and an even bigger fight – this time, taking his fight with the High Table globally from New York, Paris, Japan and Berlin.

Although a John Wick: Chapter 5 and potential sequels are not off the table, a “maybe” is not the most comforting to hear. Fortunately for fans, a spin-off film titled Ballerina may just be the cure.