The film was announced with a text message: "You have served. You will be of service. John Wick: Chapter 4 is coming - May 21st, 2021." John Wick was supposed to be a trilogy during or shortly after the first movie was made. Seeing its growing success they wanted to make sure to continue to expand the universe of which John Wick takes place.Jason Mantzoukas, who played the Tick Tock Man in Chapter 3, jokingly announced on "Conan", that the title of the fourth film would be "John Wick Chapter 4: Wick and the Tick". He went even further, saying the plot would revolve around John Wick and the Tick Tock Man getting into "high jinks"; and at the end of the film, he would kill John Wick and the fifth film would be "Tick Tock Man Chronicles".