A few months after its release, “John Wick” franchise director Chad Stahelski admits he’s unsure of a potential fifth entry in the series.
When last reported in May, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Chairman Joe Drake revealed to investors on an earnings call that “John Wick: Chapter 5” is “in early development” and added that ” when these five films arrive, [it] will be organic” to the franchise building they do.
This year’s ‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ seemingly ended the franchise’s main storyline, though spin-offs like ‘The Continental’ and ‘Ballerina’ will continue to tell stories set in that world for the foreseeable future. .
Speaking to Empire recently, Stahelski said he wasn’t sure where to take the story for a fifth film and was torn between letting the recent one be a definite ending:
“Now that we’ve done all four and come full circle, so to speak, I think that’s a pretty good closure for the show. And then there’s the contestant, or the real director in me who says, ‘F — it, let’s just see if we can do it.” That’s very appealing. I don’t have the “why” yet. But that doesn’t mean we should stop looking.
Stahelski is of course considering other projects at the moment, with his film adaptation of the PlayStation game “Ghost of Tsushima” his likely next project.
“The Continental” miniseries hits Peacock in September and Ballerina hits theaters June 7, 2024.