Keanu Reeves stepped back into the Neos shoes late last year for The Matrix Resurrections, but in recent years, he has mostly remained focused on the John Wick film series, primarily starring in the three-time film series, until early 2023. Chapter 4 is expected to be the longest-running John Wick film yet, but director Chad Stahelski has a good reason for it.
Chad Stahelski said that he and his team are on the final stretch for John Wick: Chapter 4, which means that once the picture is complete, all that remains is to add in the visual effects and music, and during a conversation with Variety about the Netflix film Day Shift (which he produced), Stahelski explained why the extra minutes are necessary:
I like good myths. I don't believe at least for John Wick's three-act structure. I believe in telling the story and leaving it. We give ourselves the time we need to tell the story. But there is a bathroom limit.
John Wick: Chapter 4 is a sequel to Chad Stahelski's original intention, which is to take the time required to create another adventure with John Wick as a modern day Odysseus. As such, the foundation for the sequel has expanded into exploration of the Continental hotel chain catering to assassins.
The first trailer for John Wick: Chapter 4 was released last month at San Diego Comic-Con, as well as our first look at new roles played by Bill Skarsgard, Clancy Brown, and Hiroyuki Sand, among others. The fourth installment was shot from June 28, 2021 to October 27 in countries like Japan, New York, Berlin, and Paris.
Chad Stahelski stated in a separate interview that the studio's [full] intention to continue the franchise. This fictional world will also expand through the Ana de Armes-led Ballerina spinoff and the Continental event series that will air on Starz.