Lionsgate bosses delay John Wick 4 release by a year

Lionsgate executives have postponed the release of John Wick: Chapter 4 by a full year. Studio officials announced a huge release calendar shake-up on Friday, revealing that they had pushed four of their films back by an entire year, including the four…

Lionsgate executives have postponed the release of John Wick: Chapter 4 by a full year.

Studio officials announced a huge release calendar shake-up on Friday, revealing that they had pushed four of their films back by an entire year, including the fourth instalment in the action franchise starring Keanu Reeves. It was originally due to be released in May 2021 but is now slated to hit cinemas in May 2022.

The delay comes as no surprise, as John Wick director Chad Stahelski recently told Collider he was expecting a new release date as Reeves had just begun shooting The Matrix 4 when production was shut down and he will need to complete that film before moving onto John Wick.

“The Matrix was only four weeks in when this all happened,” he said. “So, Keanu’s gotta go finish his commitment up on The Matrix, which is a big deal and which I think will probably take him until the end of the year. Then we have to go into our prep mode and then we’ll start. So release dates… who knows right now.”

Spiral, the latest film in the Saw horror franchise, has also been pushed back by a year. It was originally due to open in a couple of weeks, but will now fill the May 2021 gap left by John Wick.

In addition, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, the action-comedy sequel, has been moved from this August until August 2021 and Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo’s comedy Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, which had been due this July, will now arrive in July 2021.

The only remaining Lionsgate films set for release this year are horror-drama Antebellum, starring Janelle Monae, which is slated to hit cinemas on 21 August, thriller Fatale, which debuts on 30 October, and sci-fi movie Voyagers, set for 25 November.

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Ryan Reynolds joins Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot in Red Notice

Ryan Reynolds has signed on to join Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot in Red Notice.The action film has been in development for several years, and on Monday, bosses at Netflix confirmed they had acquired the project from Universal Pictures. With a script f…

Ryan Reynolds has signed on to join Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot in Red Notice.

The action film has been in development for several years, and on Monday, bosses at Netflix confirmed they had acquired the project from Universal Pictures.

With a script from director Rawson Marshall Thurber, the plot is to follow an Interpol agent who is tracking the world’s most wanted art thief. Details about the characters to be played by Reynolds, Johnson, and Gadot have not yet been announced.

“Director/writer Rawson Thurber has delivered a dynamic script that me and my co-stars and partners-in-heist, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds, can’t wait to shoot,” said Johnson in a statement, adding of the Netflix deal: “The fun we’re gonna have making Red Notice, but more importantly – the fun the worldwide audience will have watching it in 190+ countries – all at the same moment.”

In addition to starring in Red Notice, Johnson will also serve as a producer alongside Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia under their Seven Bucks Productions banner. Beau Flynn and Turber will also produce the feature, with Scott Sheldon to executive produce.

“I’m beyond thrilled to be making Red Notice with (head of Netflix film) Scott Stuber and Netflix – a company that believes in filmmakers and big ideas for a global audience,” commented Thurber.

Red Notice marks the third feature Johnson and Thurber have teamed up on, with the pair previously working together on 2018’s Skyscraper and 2016’s Central Intelligence. Principal photography is set to take place in various locations in 2020, with the film slated for release in November that year.

Johnson is attached to appear in upcoming Netflix movie John Henry and the Statesmen too, and is currently in the post-production phases on Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Jumanji: The Next Level, and Jungle Cruise.

Meanwhile, Reynolds has been shooting The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard and Free Guy.

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Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson to star in The Hitman’s Bodyguard sequel

Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson have been confirmed for The Hitman’s Bodyguard sequel.The Patrick Hughes-directed film saw Reynolds play Michael Bryce, a top bodyguard who gets a new client, Jackson’s character Darius Kincaid – one of the world’s m…

Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson have been confirmed for The Hitman’s Bodyguard sequel.

The Patrick Hughes-directed film saw Reynolds play Michael Bryce, a top bodyguard who gets a new client, Jackson’s character Darius Kincaid – one of the world’s most notorious hitmen.

Released in August 2017, The Hitman’s Bodyguard received mixed reviews from critics and grossed $176 million (£135 million) worldwide, however, Lionsgate studio executives announced on Thursday (01Nov18) that a follow-up entitled The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is in the works.

According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, Hughes will be back in the director’s chair and will work from a script penned by Tom O’Connor, who also wrote the original. The film is set to pick up where the first film left off, and will follow the characters as they are enlisted for a secret mission on the Amalfi Coast in Italy.

Salma Hayek, who played the wife of Jackson’s character, Sonia Kincaid, in the first film, will reprise her role for the sequel. Production is slated to begin in March 2019. No other casting details nor a potential release date have been announced.

Reynolds has a number of projects on his plate at the moment. The 42-year-old recently wrapped on animated movie Pokemon Detective Pikachu, in which he voices the lead character, and is shooting Michael Bay’s new action movie 6 Underground. In addition, he has been attached to reprise his role as Wade Wilson / Deadpool in forthcoming flicks X-Force and Deadpool 3, and is also set to appear in Clue, a movie based on the Hasbro board game which will follow a band of strangers as they frantically try to figure out who is the murderer among them.

Meanwhile, Jackson has just reprised his role as Elijah Price / Mr. Glass in M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass, and will appear as Nick Fury in Captain Marvel. He is also in the post-production phases of movies Inversion and The Last Full Measure.

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