Hollywood is currently in a massive setback due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many productions have come to a halt, and some movies have been reassigned with delayed release dates. Recently some films have opted to be released on VOD as producers can’t wait long enough to release their films in theaters. The Lionsgate has recently released a list of their movies with their rescheduled dates, including John Wick 4.
John Wick 4 rescheduled
It is not surprising to see that the John Wick 4 release date has been delayed, Considering the current Coronavirus situation. The Lionsgate has rescheduled this action film to May 27, 2022. The original release date was on May 21, 2021. This date was the same release date for “Matrix 4”. “Spiral” the “Saw” reboot has now filled the gap, John Wick has left. Lionsgate mentioned many other movie release date reassignment in the list they released on Twitter.
Will this impact the movie?
In the given window for John Wick 4 release, there are many competitors. It is to be released along with “Dungeons and Dragons” and one week prior to “The Flash.” It is also a few weeks behind “Black Panther 2” and a month before a new Pixar movie.
But John Wick should still have standalone commercialism. The movie’s essential summer release defines the confidence of Lionsgate on the project, considering the box office grossing $350 million for John Wick 3. Also, the R-rating of the film will draw many crowds.
A good opportunity!
As Keanu Reeves is the hero for both John Wick and Matrix film series, this change of date will be easy for Keanu to finish filming The Matrix 4 and then focus on John Wick. Even before the reschedule, Chad Stahelski, the co-creator, and director of the John Wick film series, said this week that he more or less expected new release date.
He said, “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”. The excess time now available to the film crew is a good chance to develop creative ideas for the film. Chad Stahelski stated in an interview that they are still toying with their plans for the film.
Here’s the list of reassigned movies Lionsgate tweeted,
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— Lionsgate (@Lionsgate) May 1, 2020