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'John Wick 5' to be filmed back-to-back with fourth entry

"John Wick" star Keanu Reeves attends a special screening of "John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum" in May 2019. Lionsgate has announced a fifth entry in the series. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
"John Wick" star Keanu Reeves attends a special screening of "John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum" in May 2019. Lionsgate has announced a fifth entry in the series. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Studio Lionsgate has announced a fifth entry in the John Wick action series starring Keanu Reeves, which will be filmed back-to-back with the fourth entry.

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer made the announcement Thursday during an earnings call.

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"We're busy preparing scripts for the next two installments of our John Wick action franchise," Feltheimer said. "We hope to shoot both John Wick 4 and 5 back-to-back when Keanu becomes available early next year."

John Wick 4 is set to be released on May 27 over Memorial Day weekend. A release date for the fifth installment was not announced.

Reeves is filming The Matrix 4 for Warner Bros. after production was halted in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The John Wick series, which has grossed over $584 million worldwide with three films, features Reeves as a hitman who comes out of retirement.

The actor will be seen next in Bill & Ted Face the Music which will be released in select theaters and video-on-demand services on Aug. 28. Reeves also stars in video game Cyberpunk 2077, which is coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on Nov. 19.

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