Keanu Reeves And Director Chad Stahelski Show John Wick 4
Actor Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahelski gave a short preview of John Wick: Chapter 4 to the audience at the Caesars Palace Colosseum Theatre, even though the film isn't due out until March 24,2023.
The teaser, which is set in Tokyo, opens with John Wick working out in a gym. “Are you ready, John?” Laurence Fishburne's Bowery King asks. John responds, "Yeah," to the question. “It’s a new day, new bullies in town. What’s John to do?” “I’m going to kill them all”. In the end, Ian McShane's Winston says, "I want you to find peace, John." “The only path this leads to is death.”
“Chad, as you might know, was a stuntman first”, said Lionsgate Chairman Joe Drake before bringing the couple onstage. “It’s rare that people go from driving off cliffs to sitting in the director’s chair. Usually it’s the other way around.”
He added, “We’d worked with Chad on The Expendables back in 2010. He had the most unique perspective on stunts we’d ever seen. We placed a bet — that Chad’s vision coupled with Keanu’s singular screen presence would rewrite the action genre. And that bet paid off for everybody.”
“Moviegoers told us that watching the first Wick was like seeing the genre evolve right before their eyes, with fight scenes crazier and somehow more real than anything they’d ever seen,” Drake added. “Shepherded by Chad in the director’s chair, and the Baba Yaga himself, these incredible filmmakers continue to subvert genre conventions and defy audience expectations. More lore. More inventiveness. Exquisite locations. From the Roman Catacombs, to Halle Berry shooting her way out of Casablanca. From John killing a 7-foot-tall hitman with a library book to horses galloping across the endless sweeping dunes of the Jordan desert”.
And so, in his own words, Lionsgate's exec concluded: “That’s how John Wick became more than a beloved franchise — a singular experience and a cultural phenomenon. An original story with no pre-existing fanbase that made it to the big screen, bringing audiences rushing back to the theater for a fourth time.”