Lionsgate are obviously riding the success of the John Wick series with the upcoming Ballerina spinoff and “The Continental” TV series. And not only is John Wick 5 also in development, but Wick will be making a return to video games, as well.
According to the latest Lionsgate earnings call (via Comicbook), Lionsgate Motion Picture Group President Joe Drake confirmed that a fifth John Wick is in early development. Along with that, the studio is looking to expand beyond film, including “in the AAA video game space,” as well as a “regular cadence of spin-offs” and TV.
“What is official is that, as you know, Ballerina is the first spinoff that comes out next year,” states Drake. “We’re in development on three others, including [John Wick 5] and including television series, “The Continental”, will be airing soon. And so, we’re building out the world and when that five movie comes, will be organic — will be organically grown out of how we’re starting to tell those stories. But you can rely on a regular cadence of John Wick.”
As mentioned, John Wick has already dipped into video games with the VR shooter John Wick Chronicles and the action RTS John Wick Hex, but the idea of doing something similar to John Woo’s Stranglehold or Max Payne would be far more accessible, and a better use of the property. We’ll have to see if that’s the case.
If you’re looking for something closer to John Wick in video game form, check out Wes’ article on Vreski’s The Hong Kong Massacre, which Wes refers to as “one of the most underrated shooters of the 2010s.”