‘John Wick’ directors help out with ‘Matrix 4’ stunts


When the Wachowskis’ The Matrix premiered in 1999, it gave film audiences some of the most ground-breaking, jaw-dropping action sequences of the time. Who can forget in the opening minutes, Trinity (played by Carrie-Anne Moss) springing into the air, freezing and the camera spinning around her?

Even if the subsequent sequels were not as beloved, the spectacular set-pieces could not be denied. Lana Wachowski’s reboot of the series will have a lot to live up to.

And before coronavirus COVID-19 shut down production, from the peeks we were getting, it was looking like the action was going to be on par, or better, than the other films. Now, we know that can be attributed to John Wick (also a great Keanu Reeves’ vehicle) co- directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch.

The duo may have gone their separate ways, but they have confirmed that they’re working on The Matrix 4. This certainly makes sense if Reeves has pushed for their involvement to ensure The Matrix remains as cutting edge as ever. 

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“It’s more about the creative concept of some of the choreography and backing them up with stuff,” Stahelski told Collider when asked what he and Leitch are up to. “They asked us to help out with the choreography and some of the physical training for the guys,” Stahelski noted. “I’m helping out a little bit for a sequence, I think David is helping out for a sequence.”

Stahelski and Leitch actually served as stunt coordinators on the original Matrix trilogy, with Stahelski doubling as Reeves’ Neo. Looking ahead to this next chapter, the filmmaker added, “It’s definitely, from what I know of it, it’s incredibly fun. I think if you’re a fan of the original trilogy you’re gonna love this. Coming back with a vengeance.”

Right now,  Warner Bros has The Matrix 4 skedded for a May, 2021, but that will almost certainly change.

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John Wick 4 Delayed

Speaking of the next film in the Wick series, Lionsgate has announced that they’ve decided to push back their highly anticipated action sequel John Wick: Chapter 4 one full year from May 21, 2021, to May 27, 2022.

It will now open three weeks after Marvel’s Black Panther II and one week before Warner Bros.’ The Flash, both of which also have yet to begin production. 

When production does resume, The Matrix is still expected to film in San Francisco, Chicago and Germany. Wachowski will helm and co-write the screenplay with novelists Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell. She is producing with Grant Hill, who executive produced Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions.

The cast will also be comprised of Keanu Reeves, Carrie Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jonathan Groff, and Neil Patrick Harris and Eréndira Ibarra.

The trilogy has grossed over $1.6 billion at the WW box office.