Although Derek Kolstad has served as the writer of the first three movies, it looks like the writer won’t be returning to write parts 4 and 5 of the movie.
This latest news comes off as a major surprise as Kolstad has served as the screenwriter although he had help with the story of the latest addition in the franchise. As he was expected to return alongside director Chad Stahelski, fans were surprised when the news first broke.
According to a recent interview, Kolstad revealed that he won’t be involved with the franchise. He said, “I’m actually not involved in 4 and 5. At a certain stage the studio will tell you, your creation is graduated, and you wish it well. I’m still close with Chad (Stahelski), still close with David (Leitch), and I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’m excited to see.”
When asked if it was his decision or not to walk away from the franchise, he said that it wasn’t up to him. He continued, “No, it wasn’t my decision. When you think of the [contracts] of these things, the third one I shared the credit with any number of people, they didn’t have to come back to me, and so they didn’t. So, you look at that, and you could be hurt, and I would – say, if I was 20 years ago – I would have been, but seeing what the industry is and how things go, I just believe that you bless everything and hope it all the best, and to the players involved who are doing other things elsewhere. And yeah, it’s personal, so I’m never going to talk sh*t about John Wick. I want this thing to survive and thrive.”
As in stands, it’s unclear who’s writing the next installment in the franchise. However, Ian McShane recently revealed that the shooting of the movie might start sometime later this year. During the interview with Collider, he said, “Keanu [Reeves] and I exchanged New Year’s greetings and said, ‘Hope to see you this year.’ I know the script is being written and they’re hoping to do it this year. I know they announced they were gonna do [John Wick 4] and [John Wick 5] together, but who knows. The studios announce all sorts of things. No doubt, at some point this year, we’re gonna do John Wick 4.”
Apart from the two movies, there’s a spinoff TV show that’s reportedly in the works. Although we might not see him coming back to reprise his character in the new movie, he revealed that we’ll learn more about the series over next couple of weeks.