If there’s one thing Keanu Reeves is, it is tired. After four John Wick movies, the 59-year-old actor is fatigued by all the stuntwork and has begged the team behind the franchise to kill him off.
“After the second, third, and fourth movie, making these films is so exhausting and it destroys Keanu, physically and emotionally,” Iwanyk said. “By the end, he’s always like, ‘I can’t do this again,’ and we agree with him. The guy is just a shell of himself because he just goes off and goes for it. He was like, ‘I wanna be definitively killed at the end of this movie.’”
John Wick 4 ended with the titular character’s presumable death after he competed in a duel to free himself from the High Table. John gets shot in the third round and seemingly dies on the steps of the Basilica of Sacré Coeur while seeing a vision of his late wife, Helen (Bridget Moynahan). The movie finally ends with a scene of Winston Scott (Ian McShane) and the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne) visiting his gravestone.
That said, it is still an ambiguous ending that left space for the possibility of John’s return.
“We were like, ‘You know, we’ll leave a 10% little opening,” Iwanyk teased.
Earlier this May, it was reported that John Wick 5 is in early development and that the ever-expanding Wickverse will allow the fifth movie’s entrance to be organic. While it remains to be seen if we’ll actually get to see Reeves as the Baba Yaga once again, fans of the franchise can look forward to The Continental, a John Wick prequel series set to premiere on 22 September, as well as a Ballerina spinoff.