Keanu Reeves to star in fifth John Wick movie

Keanu Reeves will film the fourth and fifth instalments in the John Wick franchise back-to-back next year. In an earnings call on Thursday, Lionsgate boss Jon Feltheimer confirmed that a fifth instalment in the action franchise, in which Reeves stars …

Keanu Reeves will film the fourth and fifth instalments in the John Wick franchise back-to-back next year.

In an earnings call on Thursday, Lionsgate boss Jon Feltheimer confirmed that a fifth instalment in the action franchise, in which Reeves stars as the titular assassin, is being developed and they hoped to film it directly after the fourth one.

“We’re also busy preparing scripts for the next two instalments of our John Wick action franchise, with John Wick 4 slated to hit theatres Memorial Day weekend 2022. We hope to shoot both John Wick 4 & 5 back to back when Keanu becomes available early next year,” he said, according to Deadline and Variety.

John Wick: Chapter 4 was originally due to be released in May 2021 but was pushed back by a full year to accommodate the fact that Reeves is currently working on The Matrix 4, which is shooting in Berlin, Germany. Production on the sci-fi franchise had only been underway for four weeks when the coronavirus pandemic struck, causing it to be shut down, so Reeves is expected to be tied up with that movie for the remainder of the year.

“The Matrix was only four weeks in when this all happened,” John Wick director Chad Stahelski told Collider earlier this year. “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.”

During Feltheimer’s earnings call, the CEO confirmed a Dirty Dancing sequel was in the works with original star Jennifer Grey and that their horror movie Antebellum, starring Janelle Monae, would be skipping cinemas and heading to video-on-demand. The film was initially set to open in movie theatres in April but was pushed back to August due to the Covid-19 crisis, before being removed from the calendar altogether.

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The Matrix cinematographer disliked filming ‘mind-numbing’ sequels

The Matrix cinematographer Bill Pope disliked filming the “mind-numbing” sequels because The Wachowskis wanted to do so many takes.During an interview with Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins for his Team Deakins podcast, Pope revealed that whi…

The Matrix cinematographer Bill Pope disliked filming the “mind-numbing” sequels because The Wachowskis wanted to do so many takes.

During an interview with Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins for his Team Deakins podcast, Pope revealed that while he had a blast filming the 1999 Matrix movie, the sequels were a disaster.

“Everything that was good about the first experience was not good about the last two,” Pope said of shooting The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. “We weren’t free anymore. People were looking at you. There was a lot of pressure. In my heart, I didn’t like them. I felt we should be going in another direction. There was a lot of friction and a lot of personal problems, and it showed up on screen, to be honest with you.”

He also revealed that the Wachowskis, who helmed the sci-fi trilogy, had taken advice from director Stanley Kubrick, which had an effect on the cast, including Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Laurence Fishburne.

“It was not my most elevated moment, nor was it anyone else’s. The Wachowskis had read this damn book by Stanley Kubrick that said, ‘Actors don’t do natural performances until you wear them out.’ So let’s go to take 90! I want to dig Stanley Kubrick up and kill him,” Pope joked, adding that he had to sit through “90 takes of many things” while shooting the sequels and that “you’re not gaining anything (by doing so many takes).”

The cinematographer was exhausted shooting the back-to-back sequels for almost a year, and said the experience was “mind-numbing”.

“There is something about making a shoot that long, 276 shoot days, that is mind-numbing and soul-numbing and it numbs the movie,” Pope recalled. “In a movie shoot, it’s too long. There’s a limit from what you can take in.”

Pope will not be returning for The Matrix 4, which is being directed by Lana Wachowski and is currently set for release in April 2022. John Toll will serve as cinematographer.

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Wonder Woman 1984 cinema release bumped to October

The release of Wonder Woman 1984 has been rescheduled once again.The follow-up to 2017’s hugely successful Wonder Woman was originally due to be released on 5 June, but after the Covid-19 pandemic forced movie theatres to temporarily close, the sequel …

The release of Wonder Woman 1984 has been rescheduled once again.

The follow-up to 2017’s hugely successful Wonder Woman was originally due to be released on 5 June, but after the Covid-19 pandemic forced movie theatres to temporarily close, the sequel was postponed until 14 August.

And on Saturday, bosses at Warner Bros. broke the news that the DC Comics blockbuster, starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, and Pedro Pascal, will now debut on 2 October.

Gadot, who plays the eponymous superhero, took to Twitter to share the news with her fans and followers.

“The new release date for WW84 is 10.2.20. Wow, it’s finally happening, & I couldn’t be more excited!” she wrote. “To all the fans that stuck w/ us through this time, thank u so much! We couldn’t have done this w/o (without) you. I’m so excited for you to get to see this #WW84, it will be worth the wait.”

But Wonder Woman 1984 isn’t the only big-screen summer action movie to have its release date rescheduled.

The Matrix 4, starring Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, has been bumped from May 2021 until April 2022, despite reports that production was restarting in Berlin after the coronavirus pandemic forced Hollywood to shut down indefinitely.

While Christopher Nolan’s thriller Tenet has also been moved from 17 July until 31 July, and the latest instalment in the James Bond saga, No Time to Die, will hit cinemas a few days earlier than anticipated, on 12 November in the U.K. and 20 November in the U.S.

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Keanu Reeves praises Lana Wachowski’s ‘wonderful’ The Matrix 4 script

Keanu Reeves is certain fans are going to enjoy the “wonderful” storyline Lana Wachowski has dreamed up for The Matrix 4.The 55-year-old is reprising his role as Neo in the upcoming fourth instalment of the sci-fi franchise, alongside fellow original c…

Keanu Reeves is certain fans are going to enjoy the “wonderful” storyline Lana Wachowski has dreamed up for The Matrix 4.

The 55-year-old is reprising his role as Neo in the upcoming fourth instalment of the sci-fi franchise, alongside fellow original cast member Carrie-Anne Moss, and in a chat with Empire magazine, he revealed he was prompted to return thanks to the director’s script.

“Lana Wachowski wrote a beautiful script and a wonderful story that resonated with me,” Reeves told the film publication. “That’s the only reason to do it. To work with her again is just amazing. It’s been really special, and the story has, I think, some meaningful things to say, and that we can take some nourishment from.”

Reeves made his debut as Neo in The Matrix back in 1999, returning for The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions in 2003.

And Moss, who played Trinity in the ground-breaking saga, echoed her co-star’s sentiments, and confessed she was surprised that The Matrix 4 was even in the works.

“I never thought that it would happen. It was never on my radar at all. When it was brought to me in the way that it was brought to me, with incredible depth and all of the integrity and artistry that you could imagine, I was like, ‘This is a gift.’ It was just very exciting,” she shared.

The Matrix 4, also starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra, Jessica Henwick, and Jonathan Groff, is set to be released in May 2021.

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The Matrix 4 to resume filming in July – report

Lana Wachowski’s The Matrix 4, starring Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, will reportedly resume filming in July.Production on the fourth instalment of the sci-fi saga began in February, but a shoot taking place in Berlin, Germany the following month …

Lana Wachowski’s The Matrix 4, starring Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, will reportedly resume filming in July.

Production on the fourth instalment of the sci-fi saga began in February, but a shoot taking place in Berlin, Germany the following month was halted after the Covid-19 outbreak hit Europe.

Now, bosses at Warner Bros. are hoping the movie can restart in the country in just seven weeks, as Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel begins to ease lockdown restrictions amid the pandemic, according to editors at Deadline.

It was also reported that the cast, including original stars Reeves, Moss, and Jada Pinkett Smith, have signed eight-week extensions with the studio that will keep them on hold for the production until at least 6 July.

Newcomers Priyanka Chopra, Neil Patrick Harris, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Jonathan Groff are also set to appear in the highly-anticipated sci-fi sequel, which was written by Wachowski alongside David Mitchell and Aleksandar Hemon.

Stunt and filmmaking duo David Leitch and Chad Stahelski were also working on the upcoming film, and told Collider that they worked on scenes in San Francisco before the shutdown.

Countries including New Zealand, Poland, and Australia are also hoping to enable movies to resume production soon, although it has not yet been confirmed by public health officials if lockdown restrictions have been eased for film sets.

Other Warner Bros. projects that had production postponed in light of the coronavirus crisis, such as The Batman and Fantastic Beasts 3, remain on hiatus.

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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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Production on The Matrix 4 and Uncharted shut down over coronavirus pandemic

The Matrix 4 and Uncharted are the latest movies to be affected by the global coronavirus pandemic.Director Lana Wachowski had begun work on the fourth instalment in the sci-fi franchise back in February, with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprisin…

The Matrix 4 and Uncharted are the latest movies to be affected by the global coronavirus pandemic.

Director Lana Wachowski had begun work on the fourth instalment in the sci-fi franchise back in February, with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles for the highly-anticipated project.

But in the time since production moved from San Francisco to Berlin, where Wachowski was preparing to shoot this week, U.S. President Donald Trump has introduced strict travel restrictions from most European countries to America, prompting Warner Bros. bosses to make the decision to halt filming indefinitely.

It is unknown when production on the film, which also stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Neil Patrick Harris, will restart, and if the planned release date of 2021 will be impacted.

More than 186,000 people have been infected, with at least 7,471 deaths, since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China back in December.

Several European countries, including France, Germany, and Italy, have temporarily closed their borders and put residents into lockdown to stop the spread of the virus.

Also affected is Uncharted, Sony’s big-screen adaptation of the PlayStation video game franchise, which has been put on hold for six weeks.

The project, starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, was in the pre-production phase. And any changes to the filming schedule may delay Holland’s upcoming third Spider-Man movie, which was due to begin shooting this summer.

Director Travis Knight exited Uncharted earlier this year over concerns that it would have to be completed quickly in order to release Holland for his duties as the web-slinging superhero at Marvel.

Ruben Fleischer eventually took over as director, but the release date was postponed by three months to March 2021.

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Priyanka Chopra in talks to join The Matrix 4 – report

Priyanka Chopra is reportedly in final talks to join The Matrix 4.The fourth movie was announced back in August, with co-creator Lana Wachowski at the helm and original stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Jada Pinkett Smith reprising their roles …

Priyanka Chopra is reportedly in final talks to join The Matrix 4.

The fourth movie was announced back in August, with co-creator Lana Wachowski at the helm and original stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Jada Pinkett Smith reprising their roles of Neo, Trinity, and Niobe, respectively.

According to editors at Variety, Chopra will join Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jessica Henwick as the newest additions to the Matrix franchise.

The 37-year-old actress, who is no stranger to action movies thanks to her role in Baywatch alongside Dwayne Johnson, has yet to comment on the reports.

Castmembers have been taking part in lengthy fight training sessions since early December ahead of production on the Warner Bros. film, which is set to begin soon in northern California.

Meanwhile, Reeves has been training with his co-stars on The Matrix 4 and John Wick 4 simultaneously, Variety reports.

The sci-fi franchise began back in 1999 with The Matrix and followed the story of Neo, Trinity and Morpheus, played by Laurence Fishburne, who try to break free of a virtual reality system that is guarded by Hugo Weaving’s sinister artificial intelligence programme, Agent Smith.

The 59-year-old Australian actor recently announced he wouldn’t be reprising his role for the fourth instalment due to scheduling conflicts, as he’s due to appear on the London stage alongside Lesley Manville in The Visit.

“I was in touch with Lana Wachowski, but in the end, she decided that the dates weren’t going to work. So, we’d sorted the dates and then she sort of changed her mind. They’re pushing on ahead without me,” Weaving explained to Time Out.

The Matrix 4 is scheduled to hit cinemas in May 2021.

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Neil Patrick Harris lands mysterious new role in Matrix 4

Neil Patrick Harris has landed a mysterious role in the fourth instalment of the Matrix franchise.The 46-year-old will join original stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, who will be reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity for Lana Wachowski’s high…

Neil Patrick Harris has landed a mysterious role in the fourth instalment of the Matrix franchise.

The 46-year-old will join original stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, who will be reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity for Lana Wachowski’s highly anticipated sci-fi movie, The Matrix 4.

Details of the How I Met Your Mother star’s casting are under wraps, with sources close to the project not yet confirming who Harris will play, according to editors at Variety.

However, fans on social media have speculated that the actor may be playing a different incarnation of Morpheus, who was portrayed by Laurence Fishburne in the original trilogy.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II was tapped as one of the leads in the Matrix 4 last week, and it was also reported that Jada Pinkett Smith is in talks to reprise her role as Niobe.

The 48-year-old played the character in the second and third movies – The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions – with reporters at Deadline claiming she is still in negotiations over the part.

News of The Matrix 4 was announced back in August, and Wachowski, who will write and direct the film, stated that the issues explored in the original movies “are even more relevant now”.

“I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends,” she said in a statement at the time.

Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell will serve as co-writers on the script with Wachowski, who will also produce with Grant Hill.

The film is expected to begin production at the beginning of 2020 and will be released in 2022.

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