The John Wick franchise was already serialized in nature (there’s virtually no time jump between the three movies to date), so filming the next two installments back-to-back is fitting for the franchise. Other sequels that went this route (like Reeves’ own Matrix followups) are normally two halves of a bigger whole, working together to tell an overarching story.
It stands reason to believe John Wick 4 and John Wick 5 will be intricately connected narratively. It’ll be interesting to see what director Chad Stahelski and company came up with, as each John Wick film further deepens the series’ rich mythology and expands the universe. And John Wick 5 may not even be the end of the road. Stahelski’s said he has ideas for several more sequels.
NEWS:Per Deadline, Lionsgate officially announced John Wick 5 during their most recent earnings call. The idea is for it to film back-to-back with John Wick 4. CEO John Feltheimer said the studio is aiming for production to take place “early next year.”
Lionsgate had plans in place for John Wick 4, which was originally supposed to premiere in 2021. However, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, John Wick 4’s premiere was pushed back to 2022. Reeves still has to finish filming The Matrix 4 (which was in the middle of production when the coronavirus shutdowns started) before he suits back up as the Baba Yaga.