The entertainment industry continues to suffer due to the coronavirus pandemic with movies and TV shows being put on hold or pushed forward. John Wick: Chapter 4 has suffered a similar fate as it has been extended to another year.
John Wick: Chapter 4 starring Keanu Reeves, was supposed to be released in 2021 but now it has been pushed further to May 27, 2022, as part of Lionsgate’s move to reshuffle its release calendar, for most of its projects due to the coronavirus.
Lionsgate has also done the same for Chris Rock’s new “Spiral” which borrows a similar concept from the “Saw” franchise, moving it a full year to May 21, 2021, after it was meant to open this May.
Several other movie titles have been pushed back too like “Fatale,” a Deon Taylor thriller which has been moved to October 30, 2020, Neil Burger’s sci-fi “Voyagers” (November 25, 2020), “The Asset,” an assassin film with Michael Keaton and Maggie Q, will now open on April 23, 2021. “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar” (July 16, 2021). “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” sequel starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson (August 20, 2021), and lastly “American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story,” will now open December 10, 2021.
The list is quite long and we expect other production houses to do the same too with their upcoming projects depending on how the situation with pandemic evolves. However, release dates for some movies have remained unchanged and will proceed as intended such as “Chaos Walking,” which opens Jan. 22, 2021, “The Devil’s Light” on Jan. 8, 2021 and “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent,” a meta-comedy starring Nicolas Cage, which opens on Mar. 19, 2021.
John Wick: Chapter 4 release date set to May 27, 2022
“As audiences from around the world head back to theatres, most will return feeling that specialness that only the traditional theatrical experience can offer. Lionsgate is thrilled to present such a wide variety of films with many more to come. From great branded IP to unique stories from new voices, the terrifying reimagined and some truly hysterical comedy, we join with our partners in exhibition in welcoming movie lovers back to their favourite theatres with something special for everyone,” Damon Wolf, chief marketing officer and head of global distribution at Lionsgate said in a statement.
John Wick 4 was meant to open on the same day as “The Matrix 4” in 2021 but now all that has changed. Almost every studio has been forced to take a step back and make changes to their calendars.
After three chapters, the anticipated action-thriller will return with Reeves as usual, playing the role of John Wick, an assassin on the run as he fights against his enemies to the death. The plot hasn’t been fully disclosed and we expect the majority of the popular casts like Halle Berry, Jason Mantzoukas, Angelica Huston, Lance Riddick, Ian McShane, and many others to return.
If you haven’t watched the first three chapters yet, we recommend you do before jumping straight into 4.
Author: Allan Bangirana
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