John Wick 4 Director Says Sequel’s New Dog Has a Big Role to Play in the Movie

The John Wick movies have had a long history with dogs, with much of the title character’s life as an assassin in the movies being instigated by the death of a puppy bought for him by his late wife. Now, John Wick 4 is almost here, and just like the other movies in the franchise there is plenty of dog action involved. In fact, director Chad Stahelski recently told Collider that the new dog on the block will have a big role to play in the latest instalment of the John Wick saga, which meant a lot work went into training for the four legged friends.

“Well, the [new] character of the dog is a her, but we had, let’s see, three females and two male dogs to comp all one dog together, depending on what the stunt, or the gag, or the acting bit was. This time we learned a lot from last time, but we wanted a little bit more out of this one in specialty stuff. We had the dog, I think it was just over five months, to work with cast and on stunts. It’s just when you’re bringing in the stunt teams, and we have different stunt teams on this one because it’s so much bigger, the dog is just like friends. You have to get to know your friends. So in order for the dog to be very playful, and safe, and have the confidence just like a human would, they have to spend time with each individual stunt guy. So we had to rotate every hour. One of our 10 main stunt team guys would go and play. That was his job. He had to go play with the dogs, and get tackled by the dogs, and play Frisbee with the dog. So you get acclimated to our canine friend and then that’s how we started working it.”

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The original plan for the John Wick sequels was to film Chapters 4 and 5 together, but somewhere in the middle of everything that has happened in Hollywood over the last two years the idea was abandoned to make sure that John Wick 4 was released in a reasonable time frame. However, Stahelski is certainly expecting to be able to bring John Wick 5 to screens at some point in the near future and recently commented that when it does it will need to see everyone “getting better.” He said:

“Keanu’s got to get better. I’m saying he’s got to get better at John Wick. He’s got to expand, he’s got to get better at martial arts. He’s got to get better in every way. Keanu does nunchucks in this movie, which you’ve seen in the trailer. Keanu spent months knocking himself out, getting good at nunchucks. Ambidextrous, right hand, left hand, while shooting a gun. F***ing guy is great at it. It starts with me. So if you want a better John Wick 5, I’ve got to get better. I have to learn some tricks as a director, I have to try new lenses. I have to learn how to edit. I have to learn how to shoot better. I have to learn how to talk to my cast better. I have to be able to go out and take meetings and cast my movies better to get the best actors I can.”

John Wick 4 will be released in March 2023.