Unveiling the Time Frame: The Span of Four Films in the John Wick Franchise
by FARUK IMAMOVIC | VIEW 200
For fans who have marveled at the intensity of the first three John Wick movies, it's astounding to realize that the action unfolds in a strikingly brief time frame. The events from the heart-wrenching death of John Wick's (Keanu Reeves) beloved puppy in the first film to the dramatic conclusion of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, where Wick is shot off a roof by Winston (Ian McShane), transpire in a remarkably compressed period. However, the upcoming John Wick: Chapter 4 promises a more extensive gap between the third and fourth installments. In a recent interview with Collider, director Chad Stahelski shed light on the timeline of the four films and unveiled when the latest installment takes place.
Stahelski explained, "Well, we figured the first three movies almost happened in like a week, week and a half, somewhere in there. That's my version, I think Keanu's is a little different, and I think this is like six months later.
So within a year, I think it all happens. I would say almost within 7 to 8 months." He further elaborated, "I think it was in the second one, we actually kind of thought about that [including an explicit time frame] between the two, but then we were like, 'Ah, that's kind of goofy, we'll just let people guess.'
Because we didn't know how bad we were gonna injure him. You know, after number three, you're like, 'Okay.' We can stretch it a little bit, but he did fall off a building, so we're like, 'Eh, a femur? Six months.' "
The Future of the John Wick Franchise
Is John Wick 5 Still Happening? In light of the surprising conclusion of John Wick: Chapter 4, the prospect of Reeves and Stahelski collaborating on another film remains uncertain.
Initially slated for a 2021 release, the pandemic delayed production of the fourth movie. Consequently, the original plan to film the fourth and fifth movies concurrently had to be revised. Stahelski, in an interview with Total Film (via CBR), explained the decision not to shoot John Wick 4 and John Wick 5 back to back.
"I didn't feel good about doing 4 and 5 collectively," Stahelski shared, citing a 200-day production schedule that he believed would be too demanding for the cast and crew. Nonetheless, Stahelski confirmed that a fifth movie is on the horizon. "Keanu calls it the John Wick fever," he quipped.
"You haven't done John Wick for two years and you're like, 'We gotta go do something!'" In a recent conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, Stahelski revealed, "In our minds, Keanu and I are done for the moment. We're going to give John Wick a rest." He added, "I'm sure the studio has a plan.
If everyone loves it and it goes kooky, then we'll take a quiet minute. Wicks always, for some weird reason, always get the latest release date in Japan. It's always like, three months later. If it's the same this time, we'll do a Japanese tour and release the movie in September.
Keanu and I will take the long trip to Tokyo, we'll sit in the Imperial Hotel Scotch Bar and go, 'What do you think?' We'll have a couple 20-year-old whiskies and write some ideas on napkins. If those ideas stick, maybe we'll make a movie."