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John Wick
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Created byDerek Kolstad
Original workJohn Wick (2014)
OwnerLionsgate (via Summit Entertainment)
Print publications
ComicsJohn Wick (2017–2019)
Films and television
Television seriesThe Continental: From the World of John Wick (2023)
Video game(s)
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John Wick is an American neo-noir action film series and media franchise created by Derek Kolstad. It centers around the titular character portrayed by actor Keanu Reeves. Wick is a legendary hitman who is reluctantly drawn back into the criminal underworld after retiring. The franchise began with the release of John Wick in 2014, followed by three sequels: Chapter 2 in 2017, Chapter 3 – Parabellum in 2019, and Chapter 4 in 2023.[1][2]

The franchise has various spin-offs in development, beginning with the limited series The Continental: From the World of John Wick debuting in 2023, and the film John Wick Presents: Ballerina scheduled for a 2025 release.[3] The films have received critical acclaim and earned a collective gross of more than $1 billion worldwide.[4]

Chad Stahelski, Basil Iwanyk, and Erica Lee serve in oversight roles for the John Wick franchise. 87Eleven Productions produces the franchise in collaboration with Thunder Road Studios and Lionsgate.[5]


Film U.S. release date Director(s) Screenwriter(s) Story by Producer(s) Status
John Wick October 24, 2014 (2014-10-24) Chad Stahelski[a] Derek Kolstad Basil Iwanyk, David Leitch,
Eva Longoria and Michael Witherill
John Wick: Chapter 2 February 10, 2017 (2017-02-10) Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum May 17, 2019 (2019-05-17) Derek Kolstad and Shay Hatten
and Chris Collins & Marc Abrams
Derek Kolstad
John Wick: Chapter 4 March 24, 2023 (2023-03-24) Shay Hatten and Michael Finch Basil Iwanyk, Erica Lee and Chad Stahelski
Ballerina June 6, 2025 (2025-06-06) Len Wiseman Shay Hatten Post-production
Untitled Caine film TBA TBA Robert Askins Development

John Wick (2014)[edit]

John Wick is a retired assassin who returns back to his old ways after a group of Russian gangsters steal his car and kill a puppy which was given to him by his late wife Helen.[8]

The film was developed in 2012, where principal photography began September 25, 2013 and wrapped on December 20, 2013.

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)[edit]

Forced to honor a debt from his past life, John Wick is sent to assassinate a target he has no wish to kill, where he faces betrayal at the hands of his sponsor.

Principal photography began on October 26, 2015. The film was premiered in February 2017.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)[edit]

John Wick is declared excommunicado after killing an international crime lord on Continental grounds, where he sets out to save himself from bounty hunters and assassins.

The third film was announced in October 2016, production began in early 2018 and was released in May 2019.

John Wick: Chapter 4 (2023)[edit]

John Wick takes his fight against the High Table global as he seeks out more powerful players in the underworld from different countries.

In May 2019, prior to the release of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Chad Stahelski confirmed on a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" thread that there has been discussion of another film.[9] Keanu Reeves has also stated that he would continue as long as the films are successful.[10] Lionsgate announced the film during John Wick 3's opening week, with a scheduled release date of May 21, 2021.[11] However, in April 2020, during an interview with Collider, Stahelski revealed that the film would most likely not make its 2021 release date due to his commitment to The Matrix Resurrections.[1] He also revealed, during the same interview, that a 100-page "scriptment" (part script/part outline) had been written for the film.[1] The screenplay was written by Shay Hatten and Michael Finch, as the studio decided to move on from series creator Derek Kolstad.[12][13] Production was due to commence in June 2021 in Paris and Berlin, with additional filming in Japan and New York City.[14] Partly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film was released on March 24, 2023.[2] In June 2021, Donnie Yen, Rina Sawayama, Shamier Anderson, Bill Skarsgård and Hiroyuki Sanada joined the cast.[15][16][17][18] Principal photography began on June 28, 2021.[19] In October 2021, principal photography had wrapped.[20]

Future films[edit]

John Wick Presents: Ballerina (2025)[edit]

In July 2017, Lionsgate announced the development of a spin-off film written by Shay Hatten and titled Ballerina. The studio intends to expand the franchise with installments set within the same fictional world. The story, written as a spec script based on Hatten's love for the John Wick films before being purchased by Lionsgate,[21] involves a young woman who is raised to be an assassin who seeks revenge on the hitmen who killed her family. Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee will serve as producers. The project will be developed by Thunder Road Films production studio.[22]

In October 2019, Len Wiseman signed onto the project as director, with Keanu Reeves and Chad Stahelski serving as a executive producer and producer, respectively. The film will follow the same ballerina character previously portrayed by Unity Phelan in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.[23][24] In May 2020, Stahelski stated that Wiseman had read the script earlier, and approached the studio with a pitch of how he would develop the project, based on Hatten's draft, for which the proof of concept had previously been uploaded to YouTube in September 2017.[25] Stahelski met with Wiseman, and approached executives to hire the filmmaker. He confirmed that he and his team will work closely with Wiseman on the action sequences and stunts for the film, while acknowledging that Wiseman's filmmaking style will add variety to the franchise. At that point, Wiseman and Hatten were working on a newer draft of the script.[26] In May 2020, it was reported that the studio is looking for an actress, with Chloë Grace Moretz as the template for the kind of talent they are looking for.[27] In October 2021, Ana de Armas entered early negotiations to portray the titular character.[28] By April 2022 at CinemaCon, Lionsgate announced that de Armas will star in the lead role, with principal photography to commence later that summer.[29] In July of the same year, it was revealed that de Armas had personally selected Emerald Fennell to contribute to the script as one of its writers.[30]

In September 2022, it was announced that principal photography had been delayed from its previous tentative start and will commence later that fall.[31] In November 2022, principal photography was scheduled to begin imminently.[32] Reprising roles were announced for Ian McShane and Keanu Reeves as Winston Scott and John Wick, respectively, followed by Anjelica Huston as The Director and Lance Reddick as Charon.[33] Filming began on November 7, 2022, in Prague, Czech Republic.[34]

Ballerina is scheduled to be released in the United States on June 6, 2025.[35] It was delayed from a June 7, 2024 release.[36]

John Wick: Chapter 5 (TBA)[edit]

In August 2020, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer confirmed that a fifth film was also being developed. It was intended to be shot back-to-back with the fourth installment in early 2021, but in March 2021, Lionsgate opted to delay production and move forward with Chapter 4 first.[37][14] In May 2022, Stahelski stated that while Chapter 4 has some "conclusion" elements to the story, there would be a fifth installment to the franchise.[38] Following the release of the fourth movie, the filmmaker stated that he and Reeves wanted to complete some other projects, acknowledging that he would like to gain additional experience as a director, before continuing forward with another movie. Stahelski stated that though Chapters 4 and 5 were originally intended to be filmed back-to-back, he didn't feel like he could create two meaningfully successful and separate installments, without some time between each project to grow as a filmmaker;[39] stating that once Chapter 4 is released months later in Japan, he and Reeves will discuss and map out the future of the John Wick movies.[40] He also confirmed that he and Reeves will remain involved in the additional projects of the franchise that are currently in development, though the premise for Chapter 5 is not mapped out yet.[41] Later that same month, following the financial and critical success of Chapter 4, producer Erica Lee stated she was hopeful for a fifth film among projects expanding the universe currently in development.[42] By November 2023 following the resolution of the writers and actors strikes, Lionsgate revealed that work on the script for the fifth film had officially resumed.[43]

Untitled Caine film (TBA)[edit]

In March 2023, producer Erica Lee stated that the studio is working on an as-of-yet untitled film that will further expand the franchise. Though she would not give any details at that time, she stated that it would be announced within the upcoming months.[42] Erica Lee expressed interest in a project centered around the backstory of the character portrayed by Rina Sawayama, named Akira.[44] She later clarified that she personally is interested in seeing a spin-off featuring the character become a reality.[45] In March 2023, Donnie Yen expressed interest in reprising his role from Chapter 4 in a potential spin-off centered around his character Caine. The actors stated there are discussions for such a reprisal, serving as a continuation of Chapter 4's post-credits scene, depicting Akira seeking revenge by hunting Caine.[46] In November of the same year, Stahelski confirmed that there are projects in development that will further explore the story included in the post-credits of the fourth film.[47] In May 2024, it was officially announced that a spin-off film centered around Caine, with Yen reprising his role as the titular character. The script written by Robert Askins, will explore the continuing story that chronologically follows the final scene of John Wick: Chapter 4. Chad Stahelski, Basil Iwanyk, and Erica Lee will serve as producers. The trio will oversee the movie, continuing their developmental roles at Lionsgate for all John Wick franchise installments. The project will be a joint-venture production between Lionsgate Films, 87Eleven Entertainment, and ThunderRoad Productions; while principal photography will commence in Hong Kong, China the following year.[48][49]

Other potential projects[edit]

Lionsgate has a number of additional projects in various stages of development, set within the same fictional continuity as the John Wick films. In March 2023, producer Erica Lee stated that in addition to previous identified projects, there's "... lots of other things. But we're developing a lot of stuff and having a lot of discussions with a lot of writers and brand management and Wick... is my utmost priority."[42] Stahelski has expressed interest in seeing additional actors join the franchise, such as: Cillian Murphy, Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Bob Odenkirk, Jason Statham, Sylvester Stallone, Clint Eastwood, Jason Momoa, Matt Damon, Chris Hemsworth, Colin Farrell, Charlize Theron, Michelle Yeoh, Peter Dinklage, Jurnee Smollett, Robert Downey Jr., Sean Bean, Jeff Wincott, Jeff Speakman, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Jamie Foxx and Brad Pitt.[50][51][39] Lee stated that with various projects in development, the studio may develop some prequel installments as well.[45] That same month, Natalia Tena expressed interest in reprising her role as Wick's adoptive cousin/surrogate sister Katia, in future installments of the franchise.[52] In March 25, 2024, Anthony Mackie expressed interest in joining the franchise, confident that he could prove himself a formidable opponent towards Keanu Reeves' assassin.[53] In November 2023, Stahelski confirmed that multiple projects were in development, while acknowledging that there are plans to explore the various criminal organization establishments within the continuity; including Italian, French, Japanese, Chinese, Middle-Eastern, Indonesian, and Russian cultures.[47] Later following the resolutions to the 2023 writers and actors strikes, Lionsgate officially announced that work on various spin-off projects had commenced.[43]

  • Atomic Blonde crossover: In July 2017, David Leitch was asked about the potential for a crossover involving the franchise's titular killer and Lorraine Broughton. Leitch directed the latter project after co-directing John Wick. The filmmaker stated that it sounded like a great idea.[54]
  • Nobody crossover: In March 2021, Kolstad was asked about the potential for a crossover between the John Wick franchise and Nobody. As the films are distributed by different companies (Lionsgate and Universal, respectively), Kolstad indicated this was unlikely and stated the franchises were "very different"; at most, he would like to see it done in a small and subtle Easter egg-reference manner.[55] Later that month, director Ilya Naishuller was asked about a potential crossover and, pointing out that two different studios are involved, said "That's all I'll say. I mean, everything's possible. Stranger things have definitely happened, but... yeah.”[56] In June 2021, Kolstad stated that if there were any crossover, he would prefer it in a minimalist fashion, and opined that he would prefer John Wick and Hutch Mansell be on the same side should the characters share more screen time.[57]
  • Sofia: In February 2022, Halle Berry stated that though a spin-off film centering around her role as Jinx from the James Bond installment Die Another Day never materialized, there is ongoing discussions for a film featuring her character Sofia from John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.[58] In March 2023, producer Erica Lee stated that future projects will explore the recurring theme of dogs within the franchise, including Halle Berry's role as Sofia.[45] Later that month, Shamier Anderson stated that the background story of his character from John Wick: Chapter 4 includes having a familial relationship to Berry's character. The actor confirmed discussions for the potential of his character to appear in additional installments of the franchise, while expressing interest in doing so.[59] In November of the same year, Stahelski confirmed that a project including the two characters is in development.[47]
  • The Bowery King: In March 2023, Lee expressed interest in exploring a film that more greatly explores the history of The Bowery King, portrayed in the franchise by Laurence Fishburne.[44] She later stated that she has personal interest in realizing a project that features the character and his backstory.[45] In November of the same year, Stahelski confirmed that there are projects in development which will include the Bowery King, and his homeless criminal organization.[47]
  • Ballerina sequel: In March 2023, producer Erica Lee stated that the studio has tentative plans to develop a sequel to Ballerina, starring Ana de Armas, with the actress set to reprise her role.[42]


SeriesSeasonEpisodesOriginally releasedShowrunner(s)
First releasedLast releasedNetwork
The Continental: From the World of John Wick13September 22, 2023 (2023-09-22)October 6, 2023 (2023-10-06)PeacockGreg Coolidge and Kirk Ward[60]

The Continental: From the World of John Wick (2023)[edit]

In June 2017, Chad Stahelski and Derek Kolstad were announced to be developing a television series for Lionsgate based on the characters and setting of the John Wick films, tentatively titled The Continental. The series was reported to center around the hotel safe-haven for hit men and assassins, which features in the films. It was reported that Reeves would reprise his role.[61][62] That same month, it was announced that the series would be a prequel to the film series that takes place years prior to the events of the films.[61][63][64]

In April 2021, chairman of Lionsgate Television Kevin Beggs announced that the series will center around a young Winston in the 1970s. The series will explore real-world events, including the Great Garbage Strike and the American Mafia's rise to economic power. He announced that the project's plot had been difficult to develop, with the studio having taken various pitches from different creative teams, before the creators of Wayne presented the concept that they settled upon: three 90-minute episodes, making The Continental a limited series.[65] In October 2021, it was announced that Mel Gibson would star in the series,[66] with Colin Woodell cast as a young Winston Scott. Hubert Point-Du Jour, Jessica Allain, Mishel Prada, Nhung Kate, and Ben Robson were also added to the cast.[67][68] In November 2021, Ayomide Adegun, Peter Greene, and Jeremy Bobb joined the cast as a young Charon, a younger Uncle Charlie, and a new character named Mayhew, respectively.[69] In February 2022, it was announced that Katie McGrath was cast as The Adjudicator.[70]

In August 2022, Lionsgate announced it had sold premiere rights to the series to Peacock, having determined the series was no longer a fit for Starz. It was then expected to premiere in 2023.[71] In March 2023, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chair Joe Drake stated that the series is expected to release later in the year, also saying that the episodes are "nearly finished".[72] The series was officially titled The Continental: From the World of John Wick, in April 2023,[73] and was released between September 22 and October 6, 2023.[74]

Untitled live-action television series[edit]

In November 2023, Chad Stahelski revealed that developments are underway for another spin-off television series. The filmmaker stated that he intends to direct a number of the episodes, while revealing that the show will not include the character of Wick in its plot.[75] Later that month, the filmmaker stated that through the television show the various cultures of the world will be explored through the John Wick franchise.[47] In another interview, he stated that the series is being developed to feature the supporting cast from the feature films in starring roles; while identifying Caine, Shimazu Akira, The Tracker / Mr. Nobody as characters who may appear.[76] In January 2024, Stahelski stated that development for the series is ongoing with a tentative debut slated for an unspecified date in the following year. While acknowledging that he and Reeves had only had minor input for The Continental, he reiterated his involvement in creating the next show, stating that various characters from the films would feature in its story.[77][78]

Untitled animated television series[edit]

In November 2023, Stahelski announced that an anime-styled animated television series as currently in development. The filmmaker stated that the show will feature stories that the creatives believe will be represented best through the Japanese art style.[76]


John Wick (Keanu Reeves) was born Jardani Jovonovich in Belarus.[79][80] He was an orphan who was taken in by the Ruska Roma crime syndicate, where he was raised as an assassin, eventually rising to become the top enforcer of the Russian Mafia and known as "Baba Yaga" ("the one you sent to kill [the] Boogeyman") under crime boss Viggo Tarasov (Michael Nyqvist), who deemed him so ruthless that many came to respect and fear him. At the beginning of the first film, Wick has been retired from being a hitman for five years after undertaking an "impossible task" for Tarasov, wiping out all other organized crime syndicates in New York City in order to be allowed to leave to marry Helen (Bridget Moynahan) before her eventual death from cancer, leaving him known as a legend in the assassin underworld worldwide.

Every assassin in the world sticks to a strict code for conducting "business", revolving around the Continental hotel chain, which serves as neutral ground for the underworld, where all "business" is strictly forbidden on all its properties,[81] with each manager—including Winston Scott (Ian McShane), Sofia Al-Azwar (Halle Berry), Julius (Franco Nero), and Shimazu Koji (Hiroyuki Sanada)—swearing their fealty to the High Table, a council of twelve high-level leaders of world society, while paying for services within the underworld with specialized gold coins,[82] used as both fiscal currency to acquire goods and services and ethical currency for honor-bound favors[83]—a specific variety of which, a "marker", binds one's soul to an unbreakable blood oath between two individuals in exchange for a specific task undertaken by each party for the other, for which one serves as the "bearer" until the day on which they intend to claim the favor owed.[84] Every assassin is bound to follow two rules, or risk being made "excommunicado" if broken—1. No business is to be conducted on Continental grounds. 2. Every marker must be honored.[85]

Cast and characters[edit]

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This section includes characters who will appear or have appeared in the John Wick franchise.

  • An empty, dark grey cell indicates the character was not in the film, or that the character's official presence has not yet been confirmed.
  •  A indicates an appearance through archival footage or audio.
  •  C indicates a cameo role.
  •  P indicates an appearance in onscreen photographs.
  •  S indicates an appearance through use of special effects.
  •  V indicates a voice-only role.
  •  Y indicates a younger version of the character.
Character Films Television
John Wick John Wick: Chapter 2 John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum John Wick: Chapter 4 Ballerina The Continental: From the World of John Wick
Main cast
Jardani Jovonovich / Jonathan "John" Wick Keanu Reeves Keanu Reeves[33]
Winston Scott Ian McShane Ian McShane[33] Colin Woodell
Fflyn EdwardsY
Charon Lance Reddick Lance Reddick[33] Ayomide Adegun
Marcus Willem Dafoe
Viggo Tarasov Michael Nyqvist
Iosef Tarasov Alfie Allen
The Bowery King[b]
Laurence Fishburne
Santino D'Antonio Riccardo Scamarcio Riccardo ScamarcioCS
Ares Ruby Rose
Cassian Common
The Elder Saïd Taghmaoui George Georgiou[c]
The Adjudicator Asia Kate Dillon Katie McGrath[d]
The Director Anjelica Huston Anjelica Huston[33]
The Ballerina
Unity Phelan Ana de Armas[29]
Shimazu Akira Rina Sawayama
Caine Donnie Yen
The Marquis Vincent de Gramont Bill Skarsgård
Cormac Mel Gibson
Supporting cast
Helen Wick Bridget Moynahan Bridget MoynahanP Bridget MoynahanA
Uncle Charlie David Patrick Kelly Peter Greene
Aurelio John Leguizamo
Jimmy Thomas Sadoski
The Doctor Randall Duk Kim Randall Duk Kim
Ms. Perkins Adrianne Palicki
Avi Dean Winters
Earl Tobias Segal
Abram Tarasov Peter Stormare
Julius Franco Nero
Gianna D'Antonio Claudia Gerini
Sofia Al-Azwar Halle Berry
Zero Mark Dacascos
Berrada Jerome Flynn
The Librarian Susan Blommaert
The Operator Margaret Daly
The Administrator Robin Lord Taylor
Tick-Tock Man Jason Mantzoukas
The Tracker
Mr. Nobody
Shamier Anderson
Shimazu Koji Hiroyuki Sanada
Killa Harkan Scott Adkins
The Harbinger Clancy Brown
Katia Jovanovich Natalia Tena
TBA Gabriel Byrne[86]
Catalina Sandino Moreno[87]
Norman Reedus[88]
Sharon Duncan-Brewster
David Castañeda
KD "Kady" Silva Mishel Prada
Francis "Frankie" Scott Ben Robson
Ben RobinsonY
Miles Burton Hubert Point-Du Jour
Yen Scott Nhung Kate
Lou Burton Jessica Allain
Mayhew Jeremy Bobb


The premise for John Wick was conceived by screenwriter Derek Kolstad, who began work on a treatment about a retired contract killer coming out to seek vengeance, entitled Scorn.[89] After one month of work, he had completed the first draft of the screenplay. After addressing several issues he pitched the script to various clients, garnering at least three offers.[90] When he first began to think about writing the script, Kolstad was influenced by film-noir classics, and the themes of revenge and the antihero. Kolstad explained that he tried to "explore what would happen if the worst man in existence found salvation [... and] when the source of his salvation is ripped from him, what happens? Do the gates of Hades open?"[91]

In December 2012, Thunder Road Pictures had bought the script with discretionary funds, with Kolstad agreeing to Thunder Road's plan to make the film straight away.[92] When Basil Iwanyk, head of Thunder Road Pictures, had first read Kolstad's original screenplay, he was immediately drawn to the main character of Wick, stating: "The tone of the script was subversive and really fun". He also admired the emotional weight and action elements of the piece. After Thunder Road had optioned the script, Kolstad spent additional months rewriting the script with them. In the original script, the character of John Wick was written with "a man in his mid-sixties" to play the role, given the title character's fabled reputation as a revered and respected assassin. However, Iwanyk believed that this was irrelevant and bent the original vision ever so slightly, stating: "Instead, we decided to look for someone who is not literally older, but who has a seasoned history in the film world".[93]

Keanu Reeves in 2014

In 2013, Keanu Reeves secured the film's male lead. After Iwanyk and Peter Lawson of Thunder Road showed him the script, he thought it to be full of potential and stated: "I love the role but you want the whole story, the whole ensemble to come to life".[93] Reeves and Kolstad worked closely together on further developing the screenplay and the story,[90][94] with the screenwriter describing: "We spent as much time developing the other characters as we did his. [Keanu] recognizes that the strength of the storyline lies in even the smallest details".[95] The title of the film was later changed from Scorn to John Wick, as according to Kolstad, "Keanu liked the name so much, that Reeves kept telling everyone that he was making a film called 'John Wick'", and the producers agreed, changing the title.

Chad Stahelski in 2014

During story discussions for John Wick, Reeves contacted Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, whom he originally met on the set of The Matrix,[96] to see if they were interested in choreographing or directing the action of the piece.[97] Reeves admired Stahelski and Leitch's work performing, choreographing and coordinating, stating that, "when I got the script...I immediately thought of Chad and Dave for the action design, but I was secretly hoping they'd want to direct it".[97] He later added: "I knew that they would love the genre and I knew that they would love John Wick. And I thought the worlds that get created – the real world and then this underworld – would be attractive to them, and it was".[97] After reading Kolstad's script, Stahelski and Leitch told Reeves they wanted to tell the story of John Wick, as they both had a desire to get involved with a project as directors. Impressed with Reeves' enthusiasm and the quality of the script, Stahelski and Leitch told him that they wished to direct the film and later presented him with their version of the story which was based on "[...] the idea of [Wick] as an urban legend, a thriller assassin movie with a realistic vibe and an otherworldly setting". Impressed with their concept, Reeves supported the pair, and Stahelski and Leitch pitched the idea to the studio, who hired them to direct, contrary to their initial request of directing the film's second unit. In May 2013, Stahelski and Leitch came to direct the film together as a team,[98][99] though it was later ruled by the Directors Guild of America that only Stahelski would be given the director credit. Leitch was credited as a producer.[100]

Principal photography for the first film began in New York City, with an original shooting schedule from September 25 to December 5, 2013, and the filming process scheduled to continue in and around New York City and the greater New York area.[101][102][103][104]

In February 2015, directors Stahelski and Leitch stated that a John Wick sequel had begun development, which was later titled John Wick: Chapter 2.[105][106] The same month, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer stated during a conference call that they see John Wick as a multiple-title action franchise.[107] Additionally, it was reported that Kolstad would return to write the screenplay.[107] In May 2015, it was confirmed that a sequel was green-lit, and Lionsgate would be selling the film at the Cannes Film Festival. Principal photography on the film began on October 26, 2015, in New York City.[108] It would later move to Rome, and eventually resume in Montreal, Canada on October 27, 2016.

In October 2016, Stahelski stated a third film was in development.[109] In June 2017, it was reported that Kolstad would return again to write the screenplay for the third film.[110] In September 2017, Lionsgate announced a release date of May 17, 2019.[111] In January 2018, it was reported that Chad Stahelski was returning to direct the film and Common, Laurence Fishburne, and Ruby Rose were set to reprise their roles from the second film. Additionally, it was announced that Hiroyuki Sanada had been cast as the film's antagonist. The film began production in early 2018.[112] On May 21, 2018, it was reported that Halle Berry, Asia Kate Dillon, Anjelica Huston, Mark Dacascos and Jason Mantzoukas had joined the cast.

Cinematic inspiration[edit]

Director Chad Stahelski cited The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), Point Blank (1967), Le Cercle Rouge (1970), and The Killer (1989) as influences for the series.[113]

About The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Stahelski said, "Look at Clint Eastwood in [the film] – there is so much back-story unsaid there. We're big fans of leaving it to your imagination. We just give you some gold coins, and then it's, 'Where do the gold coins come from?' We'll get to that eventually. Have your imagination do some work there." He also said Point Blank influenced John Wick: "One of the biggest inspirations for the film was Point Blank. We watched it on a loop in our office, and there are a couple of homages to that [in John Wick]."[114] Park Chan-wook's The Vengeance Trilogy (2002–2005) and Lee Jeong-beom's The Man from Nowhere (2010) influenced the film due to "[their] minimalist composition and graphic nature."[115]

Alistair MacLean and Stephen King were huge influences in the creation of the story of John Wick in terms of characterization and world-building, with screenwriter Derek Kolstad stating, "MacLean could build a world, and King could surprise you by what the main character truly was capable of."[116] Outside of films, Stahelski and Leitch drew inspiration from the visual stylings of the '60s and '70s as well as cinematic influences, including Sergio Leone, Akira Kurosawa, Steve McQueen, Lee Marvin, William Friedkin and Sam Peckinpah. Stahelski himself said, "All the way back to Kurosawa up to Sergio Leone. We like the Spaghetti Western sensibility there, some of the composition." About inspiration and emulation from the noir film genre, Stahelski added that "Noir maybe was sort of less impact for us than the other sort of westerns and Kurosawa and things like that. I think we wanted to make this hard-boiled character."[113][114][117]

In January 2024, it was announced that Chad Stahelski, Basil Iwanyk, and Erica Lee will serve in oversight roles for the John Wick franchise. Stahelski's production studio 87Eleven will create a "comprehensive multiplatform content guide the short- and long-term creative direction, franchise strategy and strategic ensure that quality, tone and vision remain consistency." This will be done in collaboration with Thunder Road Studios and Lionsgate.[5]

Additional crew and production details[edit]

Title Crew/Detail
Composer(s) Cinematographer(s) Editor(s) Production
Running time
John Wick Tyler Bates & Joel J. Richard Jonathan Sela Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir Summit Entertainment,
87Eleven Productions,
Thunder Road Films,
MJW Films,
DefyNite Films
Lions Gate Films 1 hr 41 mins
John Wick: Chapter 2 Dan Laustsen Evan Schiff Lionsgate Films,
Summit Entertainment,
87Eleven Productions,
Thunder Road Films,
TIK Films
Lions Gate Entertainment 2 hrs 2 mins
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Lions Gate Films,
Summit Entertainment,
87Eleven Productions,
Thunder Road Films
2 hrs 11 mins
John Wick: Chapter 4 Nathan Orloff Lions Gate Films,
Summit Entertainment,
87Eleven Entertainment,
Thunder Road Films
2 hrs 49 mins
The Continental: From the World of John Wick Raffertie Pål Ulvik Rokseth & Peter Deming Ron Rosen, Armen Gasparian, and Steven Lang Lionsgate Television,
Thunder Road Pictures,
Peacock Originals,
Last Man Standing Films,
Cool-ish Productions,
Reese Wernick Productions,
King of Brockton Inc
Peacock 4 hrs 49 mins
Ballerina Marco Beltrami & Anna Drubich Romain Lacourbas Jason Ballantine Lions Gate Films,
Summit Entertainment,
87Eleven Entertainment,
Thunder Road Pictures
Lionsgate Entertainment TBA


Box office performance[edit]

Film U.S. release date Box office gross Budget Ref(s)
U.S. and Canada Other territories Worldwide
John Wick October 24, 2014 $43,037,835 $43,044,015 $86,081,850 $20 million [118][119]
John Wick: Chapter 2 February 10, 2017 $92,029,184 $82,319,448 $174,348,632 $40 million [120][121][119]
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum May 17, 2019 $171,015,687 $157,333,700 $328,349,387 $75 million [122][119][123][124]
John Wick: Chapter 4 March 24, 2023 $187,131,806 $253,014,888 $440,146,694 $100 million [125][126][127]
Total $493,214,512 $527,815,030 $1,021,029,542 $235 million

Critical and public response[edit]

The films of the John Wick franchise have gained widespread critical acclaim, with many reviewers opining John Wick as one of the greatest movie franchises of all time.[128][129][130] Rolling Stone called John Wick "the last great American movie franchise."[131]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
John Wick 86% (224 reviews)[132] 68/100 (40 reviews)[133] B[134]
John Wick: Chapter 2 89% (284 reviews)[135] 75/100 (43 reviews)[136] A−[137]
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum 89% (358 reviews)[138] 73/100 (50 reviews)[139] A−[140]
John Wick: Chapter 4 94% (374 reviews)[141] 78/100 (58 reviews)[142] A[143]
The Continental: From the World of John Wick 63% (77 reviews)[144] 53/100 (27 reviews)[145]

Other media[edit]

Video games[edit]

Wick appears as a playable character in Payday 2, voiced by Dave Fouquette, with Ian McShane and Lance Reddick reprising their respective roles as Winston and Charon in supporting roles.[146] John Wick-themed elements were also added to Fortnite Battle Royale upon the launch of its ninth season, occurring a day before the third film's release.[147] A Wick-inspired character had previously been available in the game's third season.

John Wick Chronicles, a virtual reality game set in the Continental Hotel, was released on February 9, 2017. Players assassinate multiple targets inside the hotel as John Wick using a multitude of weapons.[148] Announced in March 2016 as John Wick: The Impossible Task (also known as John Wick: An Eye for an Eye and John Wick: The VR Experience[149][150]), "one of the first major VR first-person shooters", the game released by Starbreeze Studios as a launch title of the HTC Vive,[151] as a spin-off of Payday 2. Set in-between the first and second films, the game follows John Wick being hunted by a survivor of his "impossible task", featuring Ian McShane and Lance Reddick reprising their respective roles as Winston and Charon.[152][153][154][155][156]

John Wick Hex, a tactical role-playing game, was announced in May 2019 and released on October 8, 2019. The game has the player control Wick in various missions to use his array of skills to take down opponents and features the voices of Ian McShane and Lance Reddick reprising their film roles, among others.[157] The PlayStation 4 version of the game was released on May 5, 2020.[158]

In November 2022, Lionsgate revealed that they had received several pitches for a AAA John Wick' title, but were still currently fielding proposals.[159]

Comic books[edit]

A John Wick comic book mini-series was released between November 29, 2017 and January 31, 2018 by Dynamite Entertainment. It was written by Greg Pak and illustrated by Giovanni Valletta (issues 1 and 2) and Matt Gaudio (issues 3–5). The five-book series chronicles a young John Wick after his release from prison and his first vendetta. It serves as a prequel to the movie franchise and introduces the Book of Rules, The Continental and other aspects familiar within the John Wick movie series.[160]

The Simpsons[edit]

On May 23, 2021, the 32nd season finale of The Simpsons, titled "The Last Barfighter", aired on Fox as an parody of John Wick: Chapter 2 and John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, featuring Ian McShane guest starring as Artemis Scott, Winston's twin brother and the manager of "The Confidential" hotel, part of a secret society of bartenders of which members include Moe Szyslak and Dr. Julius Hibbert.[161][162]

Explanatory notes[edit]

  1. ^ Chad Stahelski and David Leitch co-directed the first film, but the Directors Guild of America awarded sole directorial credit to Stahelski; Leitch instead received accreditation as a producer.[6][7]
  2. ^ Also known simply as "The Bowery".
  3. ^ Georgiou portrays a successor to the previous holder of the title portrayed by Taghmaoui; informing John Wick that "your ring, like the Elder before me, is gone".
  4. ^ McGrath portrays a predecessor to the Adjudicator previously portrayed by Dillon.


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