He’s still thinkin’ he’s back, only John Wick’s going to take a little more time for R&R than originally planned. (If you remember where we last left our hero, this is probably a good thing.) Lionsgate has announced today the delay of two of their upcoming films, with the tentatively-titled John Wick: Chapter 4 and Chris Rock’s Saw franchise reboot Spiral pushed back a year each from their originally-scheduled release dates.
John Wick 4 was set May 2021, but will now premiere on May 27, 2022.
Spiral, meanwhile, will miss its planned May release this year to occupy John Wick‘s old spot, May 21, 2021. A neat-and-tidy motion, though one that will no doubt leave some disappointed. Understanding, but disappointed.
Lionsgate took the opportunity to reconfirm some of their other titles, with The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, the Samuel L Jackson/Ryan Reynolds sequel to the the similarly-titled 2017 film, coming August 20, 2021.
Nic Cage film The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (March 19, 2021) and Doug Liman’s long-gestating Chaos Walking (January 22, 2021) will retain their scheduled dates. The Hilary Swank-led Fatale will hit theaters on October 30, 2020, while Kristen Wig’s comedy Barb and Star Go to the Vista Del Mar will play July 16, 2021.
The waves of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt across the globe, and Hollywood is certainly still a ways from any return to “normalcy,” could it ever be said. The frustration in simply not knowing what a month from now–let alone tomorrow–may bring is no doubt felt.
For (hopefully better) news, stay tuned!
Lionsgate Sets New Dates for ‘John Wick 4’, ‘Spiral’ [The Hollywood Reporter]