On today’s Lionsgate earnings call, the studio’s CEO John Feltheimer said, “We’re also busy preparing scripts for the next two installments of our John Wick action franchise, with John Wick 4 slated to hit theatres Memorial Day weekend 2022. We hope to shoot both John Wick 4 & 5 back to back when Keanu becomes available early next year.”
Spoiler alert: this is not actually shocking. Well, OK: I was expecting them to kill off John Wick in this movie, so I am surprised in that regard. But aside from that: “Following the record setting box office for the franchise this weekend with John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Lionsgate has announced that Keanu Reeves will return once again as the eponymous assassin with John Wick: Chapter 4 set to arrive on May 21, 2021.”
No, not shocking at all. This movie promises to make Lionsgate a good hunk of change, and I hear that it’s good! Won’t know until tomorrow; I was going to go see it Friday, but that day turned out to be a half-day for school. But I can go catch a matinee in the morning.
Yes, I should be very thankful for my ability to do that.
John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is on the run for two reasons… he’s being hunted for a global $14 million dollar open contract on his life, and for breaking a central rule: taking a life on Continental Hotel grounds. The victim was a member of the High Table who ordered the open contract. John should have already been executed, except the Continental’s manager, Winston, has given him a one-hour grace period before he’s ‘Excommunicado’ – membership revoked, banned from all services and cut off from other members. John uses the service industry to stay alive as he fights and kills his way out of New York City.
Did you wince at the ‘antitheism?’ Come, I will conceal nothing from you: so did I. But it’s all right; John Wick was merely discussing how to handle a problem RPG player who likes to go around, in-game, trash-talking another player’s deity. The solution to that kind of jackwagonry is quite elegant: go ahead and read it. As for Forbeck’s Law:
“Whenever the panelists outnumber the audience, the panel moves to the bar.”
This is… brilliant. More of a rule of thumb than a law, but still brilliant. I must remember it for future conventions.
May 17, 2019. Spoiler warning: it’s not actually a shocker. John Wick 2 performed better than John Wick, and the critics were all pleasantly surprised to see how much It Did Not Suck.
And then there’s this: “We want, not so much to go bigger on the third one, but to show you more of the intricacies of the world… I think it would be a mistake budget wise and creatively to just go big and blow up a freeway. That’s not our gig.” If John Wick 3 actually goes for a self-contained trilogy that actually resolves Wick’s character arc in an internally self-consistent (and likely permanent) way then we’ll have gotten something rather nice out of the deal. I don’t want to make it sound like I hate popcorn movies; I love ’em. But it’s always nice to get a story.
Besides, this way we might get a cool video game out of it. You know my arguments on this topic already, I’m sure.