The Return of the Baba Yaga
In an unexpected turn of events, Lionsgate Films has officially confirmed the highly anticipated fifth installment of the action-packed John Wick franchise. The news was revealed by Lionsgate’s motion picture group chair Joe Drake during a Q4 earnings call. This announcement has sparked excitement among fans worldwide, particularly because the titular character, portrayed by Keanu Reeves, met his demise in the previous film (or at least appeared to do so).
The John Wick Universe Expands
The John Wick franchise is not just stopping at the fifth installment. The universe is expanding with the first spin-off, “Ballerina,” set to release next year. The franchise is also developing three others, including a television series, “The Continental,” which will be airing soon. The expansion of the John Wick universe is a strategic move by Lionsgate to create a “regular cadence” of releases, ensuring that the audience’s appetite for the franchise is consistently met.
The Success Story of John Wick
The John Wick franchise has seen a steady increase in both box office results and critic ratings with each installment. The most recent, John Wick Chapter 4, grossed $428.8 million with a 94% critic rating, the highest in the franchise so far. This success story has undoubtedly played a significant role in Lionsgate’s decision to continue expanding the franchise.
The Future of John Wick
The future of John Wick is not limited to the big screen. Lionsgate is also exploring the video game space, with proposals for a John Wick AAA video game currently under discussion. This move is part of Lionsgate’s strategy to create a comprehensive John Wick universe that spans multiple platforms, providing fans with a variety of ways to engage with the franchise.
The Impact of John Wick
The John Wick franchise has had a profound impact on the film industry, introducing the world to “gunfu” and revitalizing Keanu Reeves’ career. The franchise’s success has demonstrated the potential of action films to captivate audiences and generate significant box office revenue. As Lionsgate continues to expand the John Wick universe, it’s clear that the franchise’s influence will continue to be felt for years to come.
In related news, Polygon reports that John Wick: Chapter 5 was technically greenlit back in 2020, shortly after the release of Chapter 3. The Hollywood Reporter also mentions that a John Wick 5 is no longer out of the question. Gamesradar confirms that Lionsgate has plans for John Wick 5 and intends to build out the franchise with spin-offs and a “AAA video game.”
The Legacy of John Wick
The John Wick franchise has left an indelible mark on the action film genre. Its unique blend of compelling storytelling, intense action sequences, and memorable characters has set a new standard for future films in the genre. As the franchise continues to expand, it’s clear that the legacy of John Wick will continue to captivate audiences for years to come.