Chad Stahelski’s Willingness To Direct John Wick 5 Is Met With Controversy As He Emphasizes The Need For A Compelling Story, Sparking Debate Among Fans About The Future Of The Franchise.
Chad Stahelski expresses his willingness to direct John Wick 5, but emphasizes the importance of a strong story that justifies its continuation after John Wick Chapter 4.
Following the conclusion of John Wick Chapter 4, which seemingly provided a definitive ending for the iconic anti-hero, there has been speculation among fans about the future of the franchise. However, fans’ hopes were reignited when Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chairman Joe Drake confirmed the development of John Wick 5 during the Q4 2023 earnings call.
In an exclusive interview with Screen Rant during the release of John Wick Chapter 4 on digital and home entertainment platforms, Chad Stahelski discussed the possibility of his return as a director for John Wick 5 or various spin-offs. Stahelski made it clear that while he is open to the idea, the story has to be compelling enough to warrant his involvement, considering how John Wick Chapter 4 concluded. Here’s what Stahelski had to say:
Chad Stahelski: “I’m massively in love with the characters and the world that we’ve built. I really love it. Do I want to try other things? Yes, but to be brutally honest with you, if I was smart enough and good enough to come up with a way to continue the story, I would. It just felt right to end where Keanu and I both just in our hearts and our souls, felt it was good to do what we did. To end it and put a good cap on this and feel satisfied and not go out on it down, but go out on a high. It felt right to end the series like that.”
While Stahelski expressed contentment with the ending of John Wick Chapter 4, his willingness to direct John Wick 5 is certainly intriguing. His commitment lies in telling compelling stories within the John Wick universe, implying that if John Wick 5 were to materialize, it would be driven by a strong narrative rather than a mere desire to extend the franchise. Drake’s confirmation of early development for John Wick 5 further fuels anticipation, suggesting that Stahelski is actively working to unlock the next installment.
The specific details surrounding the storyline of John Wick 5 remain shrouded in mystery, particularly with the death of John Wick in John Wick Chapter 4. It could take inspiration from the upcoming spin-off film Ballerina, exploring the time period between John Wick Chapter 4 and John Wick Chapter 3. Alternatively, it may delve even deeper into the past, delving into the early days of John Wick when he earned the moniker “Baba Yaga” or when he found love. Another possibility is that John Wick faked his death in order to finally escape the clutches of the High Table, only to be reluctantly drawn back when one of his friends is in peril.
The key challenge lies in discovering the story that truly merits a continuation. John Wick Chapter 4 provided an honorable conclusion for the character, with John Wick saving his friends and finding peace. Stahelski’s affection for the characters, the world, and the ending of John Wick Chapter 4 implies that the decision to bring John Wick back for John Wick 5 will hinge upon a story that undeniably demands to be told.