Chapter 4′ had the most stunts of any dog in the franchise
In each chapter of John Wick franchise, it’s not just Keanu Reeves’ titular hitman who’s getting more ferocious – it’s also his canine companions. sit with Collider discuss John Wick: Chapter 4 (in theaters March), director Chad Stahelski revealed that the latest dog to board the nearly 10-year-old film series required the most stunt work of any pup featured so far.
“We learned a lot from last time, but we wanted a little more of it in the specialties,” he explained. “We had the dog, I think it was a little over five months, to work with the actors and the stunts. It’s just when you bring in the stunt teams, and we have different stunt teams on this one because it’s so much bigger the dog is like friends you have to get to know your friends so for the dog to be very playful and safe and have the confidence like you would a human, he has to spend time with every stuntman.”
The 10 main members of the stunt team would perform with the dog in hour-long shifts, establishing a relationship and rapport with the trained animal. “It was his job,” Stahelski continued. “He had to go play with the dogs, get tackled by the dogs and play frisbee with the dog. So you acclimate to our canine friend and that’s how we started working on him.”
Co-written by Shay Hatten (army of the dead) and Michael Finch (predators), Chapter 4 also stars Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsgård, Laurence Fishburne, Hiroyuki Sanada, Shamier Anderson, Lance Reddick, Rina Sawayama and Scott Adkins. In addition to directing the film, Reeves is also serving as an executive producer alongside Louise Rosner, David Leitch and Michael Paseornek. Stahelski is a producer with Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee.
Talk with IGNStahelski (who directed all four entries) explained how he tries to push himself with each sequel.
“It starts with me,” he said. “So if you want a better Wick jeans 5, I have to improve. I have to learn some directorial tricks, I have to try new lenses. I have to learn to edit. I have to learn to shoot better. I need to learn how to talk better to my cast. I have to be able to go out and have meetings and cast my movies better to get the best actors possible.”
John Wick: Chapter 4 hits the big screen on March 24, 2023. Ballerina, a spin-off project with Reeves, McShane and Ana de Armas, recently launched production in Prague. And soon, Peacock will become the home of the extended universe of John Wick with The Continentala prequel series about a young Winston (played in the McShane films).
Looking for more action and adventure? Peacock has a slew of titles to get your heart rate up, including The Fast and the Furious, Ambulance, and Flashpoint.