‘John Wick’ Franchise Timeline Explained by Producers

The John Wick films are sprawling, chaotic, fast-paced, and intense and things happen very quickly. So quickly, in fact, that the timeline for the series has been clarified to state that although they took years to make, the first three movies take place over a very short space of time. Speaking with Collider’s Christina Radish, the franchise’s producers Erica Lee and Basil Iwanyk — while promoting the upcoming prequel series, The Continental — gave their own interpretation of how the film’s series of events played out, and over how much time, admitting that it was technically not specifically defined within the film’s canon, although there is a significant time jump from the third film to the fourth.

​ Erica Lee and Basil Iwanyk confirm the period of time in which the John Wick franchise’s four films take place.