With John Wick: Chapter Four dominating the field workplace, this week’s common cultural dialog has largely turned to a single query: “Is John Wick lifeless?” The film purposefully doesn’t reply that query, with writers Michael Finch and Shay Hatten telling Polygon that viewers are supposed to interpret John Wick 4’s finale nevertheless they need.
Releasing studio Lionsgate has already given John Wick: Chapter 5 a inexperienced mild for manufacturing, although, and Lionsgate Movement Image Group Chair Joe Drake lately informed Deadline the studio is “not able to say goodbye to Keanu with this franchise.” Given its success, there doubtless will likely be a John Wick 5, however sequence director Chad Stahelski tells Polygon he isn’t able to decide to it as his subsequent mission — and that the truth is, he hasn’t confirmed what his subsequent mission will likely be.
Stahelski presently has a whopping 11 totally different tasks listed on IMDb.com as “in improvement” or “in pre-production.” Labeled, as an example, is a thriller constructed round a vault of secret relics akin to the one seen on the finish of Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Misplaced Ark. New Line Cinema gained an public sale for that film in 2021, with Stahelski hooked up to provide and direct beneath his 87Eleven Leisure banner. He’s additionally signed on to a TV sequence known as Vice Metropolis, produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, and envisioned as a gritty ’80s heist drama set in Miami within the wake of the Iran-Contra scandal. (It’s unaffiliated with Grand Theft Auto: Vice Metropolis.) After which there’s a deliberate reboot of the Highlander film franchise, billed as starring former Superman Henry Cavill.
What’s Stahelski engaged on most actively proper now, although? Not one of the above, he tells Polygon — he’s nonetheless coming down from John Wick Four and ready to see which of his deliberate tasks truly comes collectively.
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“Hollywood’s obtained this magic algorithm — forged availability, my availability, crew availability,” he says. “Is the script prepared? Is the finances set? Do we now have places? There are all these items that go into [moving a project into production]. That’s why you learn that so many instances, about administrators [having several movies in progress]. It’s not like we now have 5 decisions all able to go. A whole lot of issues have to return into play to make a film occur — you’d be stunned how a lot.”
He does have some preferences, although, when it comes to what he’d prefer to see transfer up the precedence checklist. “I can let you know the issues [on my docket] I really like most,” he says. “I’m very proud to be hooked up to Michael B. Jordan’s Rainbow Six. I couldn’t be happier about Ghost of Tsushima, which is one among my favourite properties on the checklist by far — an opportunity to do a Ridley Scott gladiator model of a samurai movie, with the aesthetics and the appears to be like that I love to do. To construct that world can be fairly spectacular.
“In fact, we’re nonetheless hooked up to the Highlander world. And with Netflix, we now have Black Samurai, which is a tremendous sci-fi sequence we’re attempting to get going. And people are what’s on the forefront of my checklist.”
Stahelski says a part of the explanation he hasn’t began work on his subsequent film or present is he prefers to stay to at least one mission at a time. “To be sincere, I keep very, very targeted,” he says. “I want I used to be extra of a multitasker. I’m not like different administrators which have, like, 10 issues occurring. I attempted to get John Wick: Chapter Four out the door, do the most effective job we will with it, after which simply form of empty the the psychological and mental palette. After which we’ll soar in.”
That stated, with John Wick Four in theaters, he expects to get one among these tasks underway quickly. “My group has been engaged on all of these items the identical time. Now with Wick out of the way in which, I can focus, and I’ll see which one I can get going. I imply, I like to work. I’d like to be capturing this 12 months. So it’s gonna be whichever one I can get on monitor first.”