John Wick 4 director admits planned May 2021 release date may have to be changed

Megan Davies
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From Digital Spy

John Wick director Chad Stahelski has admitted that there's a chance the fourth chapter in the franchise may not be released in May 2021 after all. (We'll give you three guesses as to the reason.)

Last year, it was confirmed that Keanu Reeves would return in John Wick: Chapter 4, which was given a planned release date of May 21, 2021.

While Lionsgate has yet to officially confirm that the release date has been delayed, Stahelski has now revealed that the coronavirus pandemic had an impact on another of Reeves' big projects, The Matrix, which could end up having a knock-on effect on John Wick: Chapter 4.

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"Between how much we want to expand the John Wick — let's just call it a 'franchise', I guess — and the pandemic, I couldn't tell you a release date for the next one," Stahelski told Collider.

"I mean, Matrix was only four weeks in when this all happened. So, Keanu's gotta go finish his commitment up on The Matrix, which is a big deal and which I think will probably take him until the end of the year. Then we have to go into our prep mode and then we'll start.

"So release dates, I'm sure with every production from Dave [Leitch]'s stuff to our stuff, who knows right now."

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Last month it was confirmed that production on The Matrix had been delayed with plans to pick up again at a later, as-yet unconfirmed date.

The Matrix and (potentially) John Wick 4 are far from the only films to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic either, with many studios confirming delays and disruptions to a number of movies, from an entire Marvel Phase Four shake-up to a new release date for Bond's No Time To Die.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Antebellum is available to purchase on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD now.

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