LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 28: Director and stuntman Chad Stahelski speaks about his upcoming movie "John Wick: Chapter 4" during Lionsgate exclusive presentation at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon 2022, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on April 28, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/WireImage)
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Chad Stahelski Considers The John Wick Films 'Children Of The Matrix'
"John Wick" director Chad Stahelski brought all sorts of knowledge and insights from his experience on "The Matrix" movies to the world of John Wick. In a recent interview, Stahelski and Keanu Reeves took the opportunity to heap praise on "The Matrix" and give credit where it's due for the success of "John Wick."
With "John Wick: Chapter 4" set to release on March 24, 2023, Wired recently caught up with both director and star to talk about their shared history. When asked whether the ongoing story of an assassin on the run owes a "debt" to the Wachowskis' "The Matrix," Reeves replied, "If we're gonna compare them, they both were original ideas with visionary filmmakers."
Stahelski went a bit further about the connections between the two movies, saying, "No one was under any delusion that 'Matrix' wasn't going to be pretty awesome. Then David Leitch and I stayed on for 'V for Vendetta' and 'Speed Racer,' so we pretty much got a decade of Wachowski film school. The 'John Wicks' are definitely children of 'The Matrix.'"