If a certain virus hadn’t interfered with our lives, John Wick: Chapter 4 (which might be subtitled Hagakure) would have been released in May 2021, meaning we would probably be close to getting John Wick: Chapter 5 by now. However, as a result of the pandemic, as well as Keanu Reeves’ commitment to The Matrix Resurrections, Lionsgate decided to delay the next entry in the action franchise an entire year. Now the studio has officially announced that it’s pushed Chapter 4 back yet again, though this delay isn’t quite as big as the last one.
Until today, the plan was for John Wick: Chapter 4 to be released on May 27, 2022, but it’s vacated that slot and will now arrive on March 24, 2023 instead. So that’s an additional 10 months we’ll have to wait to see Keanu Reeves’ character back on the big screen. Lionsgate announced this news with a special video you can watch below.
You can always count on the phone operators at the Administration to deliver important news to the appropriate parties. Only this time, rather than pass along information from The High Table, they’re letting John Wick fans know that the next movie is arriving later than expected. As things stand now, John Wick: Chapter 4 is opening the same day as Sony’s George Foreman biopic, though you can be sure a few other movies will be added later to keep them company that opening weekend.
Lionsgate announced John Wick: Chapter 4 was on the way just a few days after the release of John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, which ended with Keanu Reeves’ character being seemingly betrayed by Ian McShane’s Winston and then being delivered to Laurence Fishburne’s Bowery King, who proposed that the two of them team up to bring down The High Table. Chapter 4 finally began filming on June 28, 2021 and wrapped up the following October. No specific reason was given for Chapter 4’s latest delay, though it is worth noting that Top Gun: Maverick is currently slated for May 27, 2022. The reason for the date change could simply be that Lionsgate didn’t want to compete with such a massive blockbuster, and felt that March of the following year was a better time for the next John Wick movie to shine.
No specific plot details for John Wick: Chapter 4 have been revealed yet, but in addition to Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne and Ian McShane reprising their respective roles, we’ll also reunite with Lance Reddick’s Charon. The newcomers include Donnie Yen, Rina Sawayama, Shamier Anderson, Bill Skarsgård, Hiroyuki Sanada, Scott Adkins and Clancy Brown. As with the previous John Wick movies, Chad Stahelski is handling directorial duties on Chapter 4, while Shay Hatten and Michael Finch wrote the script.
Now that John Wick: Chapter 4 has been delayed, it may be a while until we get any major updates about the movie, but you can count on CinemaBlend sharing any news that comes long. For now, keep apprised of what movies are still on track to come out next year with our 2022 release schedule.
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