While appearing on NBC's Today, Reeves said of the films, "They're fun. They're intense. We're going for it. There's some really amazing John Wick action and new characters and it's really fun to be playing the role again and to be telling this story. You know, there's new characters and we're opening up the world. Right now we're just shooting this crazy fight scene in the middle of traffic. So there's car crashes and gunfights."
In the pages of They Shouldn't Have Killed His Dog: The Complete Uncensored Ass-Kicking Oral History of John Wick, Gun Fu and the New Age of Action (available for pre-order), John Wick producer Basil Iwanyk points out an interesting reality of the films: "This situation is a little bit like the TV show Lost, where they had no idea what the island was and they'd unpeel certain things. We don't have a John Wick bible. We don't have something that says, 'Here's the story of John Wick.' We really don't. We're making this up as we go along, so the challenge of this is the danger of boxing ourselves into a corner."
Like perhaps the conclusion of John Wick Chapter 3, when the character is shot by his friend Winston and plummets from a rooftop several stories below, smashing into the ground. Yet somehow getting away before anyone can get down there. Certainly don't expect answers here, but that will no doubt be the launching point of Chapter 4.
Chad Stahelski, who has directed all four films, revealed in an interview with Indiewire that fans should not expect a happy ending. "John," he explained, "may survive all this shit, but at the end of it, there's no happy ending. He's got nowhere to go. Honestly, I challenge you right now, here's a question to you: How do you [f'n] want me to end it? Do you think he's going to ride off into the sunset? He's killed 300 people and he's just going to [walk away], everything's okay? He's just going to fall in love with a love interest? If this guy really existed, how is this guy's day going to end? He's [f'd] for the rest of his life. It's just a matter of time."
Well, that's a bummer.
Besides, Reeves, returning in Chapter 4 are Laurence Fishburne as The Bowery King, Ian McShane as the aforementioned gun-firing Winston, and Lance Reddick as Continental Hotel concierge Charon. New faces include Donnie Yen, Shamier Anderson, Bill Skarsgard, Hiroyuki Sanada, Scott Adkins and Clancy Brown.
The script is by Shay Hatten and Michael Finch, with characters created by Derek Kolstad.
John Wick: Chapter 4 reaches theaters on March 24, 2023, one year from the time these words are being written.