Keanu Reeves was spotted in Berlin, ahead of the start of production on the fourth installment of the John Wick franchise on Friday.
The 56-year-old actor appeared to be enjoying the crisp springtime air as he took a shared stroll with another crew member.
The upcoming feature’s cast and crew are currently prepping to begin principal photography on the future entry in the action-thriller series in June.
Back at it: On Friday, Keanu Reeves was spotted taking a shared stroll in Berlin ahead of the start of production on John Wick 4
Reeves stayed comfortable during the walk, wearing a form-covering black puffy jacket.
The actor attempted to fend off the early springtime chill with a dual-tone beanie and a comfortable scarf.
Development on the fourth entry in the action thriller franchise officially began shortly after the release of its third film, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, in May of 2019.
In April of last year, series director Chad Stahelski spoke to Collider and noted that the project’s creative team had set their bar much higher for the upcoming film from its inception.
Appropriate attire: The franchise star wore a black puffy jacket and a scarf to keep himself comfortable in the brisk early springtime air
‘We submitted an idea or thematic [plan] and it was really big. So, we’re talking about doing a little bit more than a [John Wick 4], or something like that, and trying to develop that,’ he said.
The 52-year-old filmmaker also expressed that the development team had a relatively fleshed-out story in mind for the forthcoming feature and that they were glad to have a roadmap of sorts.
Stahelski said, ‘I’m in a happy place where we are in development…we’re in a place where we know what we want do and where we want to do it.’
The director then remarked that the planned film would not lose its action-focused core, as he and creative partner David Leitch regularly looked back on their past roles for creative inspiration.
Onward and upward: During an interview with Collider, Chad Stahelski noted that the creative team behind the series was attempting to raise the bar for its fourth entry
Prepping for success: The series’ director also noted that the team had fleshed out a concept for the upcoming film, and expressed, ‘we know what we want do and where we want to do it’; Reeves is seen performing in 2019’s John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
‘I think Dave and I were both good at what we did as stuntmen and as choreographers. So, we don’t want to lose that,’ he stated.
Production for the fourth entry in the franchise will primarily take place in Berlin and Paris, with New York City and Japan serving as additional filming locations.
The crew behind the film originally intended to shoot back-to-back for another John Wick feature, although this idea was later shot down, leaving the possibility of a fifth movie in limbo.
The fourth entry in the action franchise was originally scheduled to make its debut sometime this year, although the onset of the global pandemic forced the release date to be pushed back to May 27th, 2022.
The time change was partially done to avoid a potential conflict with Reeves’ upcoming science fiction-action movie, the currently untitled fourth film in the Matrix series.
To those who wait: The fourth entry in the action-thriller franchise was supposed to make its debut this year, although it was eventually pushed back to May 27th, 2022; Reeves is spotted in the series’ first film. which premiered in 2014
Several spinoffs in the John Wick franchise are also currently in the development stage.
A female-centric film entitled Ballerina, which will serve to expand the universe of the original movies, has been worked on ever since 2017, and in May of last year, it was announced that Chloe Grace Moretz was being eyed for the lead role.
A television series entitled The Continental has also been in the development process for three years and will focus on the in-universe hotel of the same name.
The forthcoming show was given its official order in 2018 and it is set to premiere on Starz in the near future.
Reeves is set to reprise his iconic role as the series’ titular character for The Continental.
Doing his thing: Reeves is set to reprise his iconic role in the upcoming television series The Continental; he is seen performing in the original film in the John Wick franchise