John Wick 4 Director Says the Sequel Feels ‘More Epic’ Than the Previous Movies

The John Wick series is going big with the upcoming fourth installment, John Wick: Chapter 4. After multiple delays, the highly-anticipated sequel is set to arrive in movie theaters on March 24, 2023. With Keanu Reeves back in the lead role to undoubtedly raise his body count number by a few dozen, Chad Stahelski also returns to the director’s chair after directing all three prior films. Shay Hatten and Michael Finch penned the sequel.

In a new interview with Empire, Stahelski teased what fans can expect from the fourth John Wick movie. He first teased that the film is basically a cross between The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly and Zatoichi with a dash of Greek mythology thrown in. Stahelski goes on to explain how the John Wick series has a certain formula to it after three movies, so the director wanted to go bigger this time to change things up. By including more glamorous locations and multiple ongoing storylines, Stahelski suggests that it’s all made John Wick: Chapter 4 the most epic one of them all.

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“It gets a little scary after the third one. Because now we have a formula that works. But you have to throw caution to the wind and say, ‘F*ck it, we’re not doing that again.’ So now, on number four, we have multiple storylines. The movie feels different. It feels more epic.”

The director also teased some of the interesting locales that will be explored in the film, including France, Jordan, and Tokyo. Stahelski explains how his frequent travels served as location scouting for John Wick 4, often seeing certain locations and getting inspired to include them in the movie.

“I travel a lot. I’m in Paris scouting, and see the Arc de Triomphe and I’m like, ‘Okay, I got an idea.’ So I put it in the movie. I’ve got some cowboy friends in the stunt community, so I think, ‘That would be a cool horse gag.’ Two of the big sequences were last-minute inspirations that I’ve always wanted to try but just didn’t know how to do.”

John Wick: Chapter 4 Brings In New Adversaries for John Wick

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The cast of John Wick: Chapter 4 includes Bill Skarsgard as John Wick’s newest foe, with other new cast members including Donnie Yen, Hiroyuki Sanada, Scott Adkins, Clancy Brown, Shamier Anderson, and Rina Sawayama. Lance Reddick and Ian McShane also reprise their respective roles from the previous movies as Charon and Winston alongside Keanu Reeves as John Wick.

Per Lionsgate, the official synopsis for the movie is as follows:

​​John Wick (Keanu Reeves) uncovers a path to defeating the High Table. But before he can earn his freedom, Wick must face off against a new enemy with powerful alliances across the globe and forces that turn old friends into foes.

John Wick: Chapter 4 will be released in movie theaters on March 24, 2023. You can watch the official trailer below.