Poster for the movie "John Wick 4" © Leonine/Lionsgate
The previous four "John Wick" films have already grossed more than one billion US dollars worldwide, with the fourth part being the most successful to date. So the franchise should continue, possibly with a fifth film. Joe Drake, head of the Lionsgate film group, presented the figures for the fourth quarter last week and also spoke about the future of the "John Wick" franchise.
"What is official, as you know, 'Ballerina' is the first spin-off coming next year. We are developing three more, including (part) five and including the TV series 'The Continental', which will be broadcast soon. We're expanding the world, and when the fifth film comes out, it's going to be organic -- it's going to evolve organically, from how we tell these stories. But you can adjust to a regular dose of 'John Wick'."
At the end of March 2023, "John Wick: Chapter 4" hit theaters and reached a box office result of $363 million worldwide. Studio and director Chad Stahelski left the doors open for a sequel despite the events in the film. Speaking to THR's "Behind-the-Screen" podcast, the filmmaker said: "It's very flattering when they come up to you and say, 'We want more' - and it's not just a 'cash grab'. Viewers really want more. But I think we all need a little bit of time to say, 'Whew. Let's see what's next...' If Keanu and I sit in a whiskey bar in Japan in a few months and think, 'yes, we're never going to do one of these again,' and then all of a sudden we're like, 'yes, but I have an idea...', then we're open to it." You can read more about the background at Serienjunkies.de. (Adam Arndt)