Warning: This article contains spoilers for something that may or may not happen in John Wick: Chapter 4.

The fourth installment of the series which began with its hero avenging a killed puppy ended with him finally eating it. Or did he? John Wick: Chapter 4 ended with a funeral, but it was no mistake that it was still ambiguous whether Keanu Reeves’ unretired assassin was actually gone. Indeed, after 4 gobbles of money, the star and the filmmakers suddenly had to consider reinstating said death for an unforeseen event Chapter 5. But it seems Reeves was ready to be done with his latest popular franchise character.

In a new interview with Collider (as if caught by Deadline), franchise producer Basil Iwanyk spoke about how Reeves was ready to move on to something less tiring.

“After the 2nd, 3rd and 4th movies, making these movies is so exhausting and it destroys Keanu, physically and emotionally,” Iwanyk said. “In the end, he always says, ‘I can’t do this again,’ and we agree with him. The guy is just a shell of himself because he just goes for it and goes for it. He said to me, “I definitely want to be killed at the end of this movie.” We said, “You know, we’re going to leave a little opening of 10%. »

Unfortunately for Reeves, that 10% won out. And now he and series director Chad Stahleski are “getting together to figure out what this story is” for the fifth outing, which they hadn’t planned to make.

Iwanyk praised Reeves and Stahelski, whom he compared to a songwriting duo no less than Paul McCartney and John Lennon, with him as Ringo. (It is unclear who George Harrison is. Perhaps Ian McShane?)

“They’ll call me and say, ‘All right, we’re coming.’ This is where you introduce yourself, and this is our story,'” he explained. Please note, Iwanyk never confirmed this Chapter 5 is definitely in the offing, he said: “We all want another John Wick. We don’t know what it will look like or when it will happen, but we love each other and we love this world. »

In the meantime, Wick’s heads will have to make do with Television spin-offs The Continental and that Ana de Armas spin-off film Ballerina.

(Via Collider And Deadline)