One of the best things about the John Wick series so far has been watching the world-building and mythology grow. What started as a straightforward revenge thriller dropped some tantalizing hints about the secret world of assassins that existed almost as a parallel universe right alongside our real world. John Wick 4 will continue this.
The Continental Hotel, the sommelier, the High Table, the currency, the auditors, the business model behind the whole thing, and the rules they must follow. It is these rules, and his breaking of them, that has put John Wick on a collision course with the High Table. This is the story that will now play out in what is expected to be the final two movies in the franchise.
At the end of John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum he teamed up with the the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne) to set off on this mission.
Out doing interviews for his latest project, Day Shift, director Chad Stahelski promised more mythology and, crucially, more ninjas in John Wick 4:
“I love mythology. I love a good myth. I don’t really believe — at least for the ‘John Wick’ movies — in a three-act structure. I believe in storytelling and leaving it. You know, we’ve always seen John Wick as Odysseus. So we take the time we need to tell the story. As long as we don’t fall asleep watching it, we keep it going. But I guess there is a bathroom limit.”
He revealed that John Wick 4 will be the longest in the series to date in an effort to include all this detail and action. So where will he go after the ninjas on motorcycles action in John Wick 3?
“Ninjas in cars, I guess. I don’t know! It’s always ninjas, man!”
The movie stars Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsgard, Clancy Brown, Lance Reddick, Ian McShane, Hiroyuki Sanada, Shamier Anderson, Scott Adkins, and Marko Zaror. It is rumored that a huge battle between Sanada and Donnie Yen’s characters took several weeks to film.
John Wick: Chapter 4 is in theaters on March 24, 2023.