‘John Wick: Parabellum’ is the official title of the third ‘John Wick’ movie. Prepare for war, fuckers!

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Confusingly, John Wick: Chapter Three will not be the title of the movie following John Wick: Chapter Two. Instead, the motherfucker is titled John Wick: Parabellum. I don’t give a fuck about the odd inconsistency, though. Movie could be called John Wick: Donkey Day Care and I’d still be frothing at the mouth to see it.


Many of us may have been operating under the impression the third installment of the John Wick franchise is called simply John Wick: Chapter 3. However, it turns out we were wrong.

In an interview with ComingSoon, star Keanu Reeves revealed the title is actually John Wick: Parabellum. But what does it mean?

“Prepare for war,” he told the website. “It’s part of that famous sentence, ‘Si vis pacem, para bellum,’ which translates as, ‘If you want peace, prepare for war.’”

The film picks up shortly after the events of 2017’s John Wick: Chapter 2, with Reeves’ titular hitman on the run because of a $14 million contract on his life. It’s retribution for breaking a cardinal rule by taking a life at the Continental Hotel. Although he should have been executed immediately, Winston (Ian McShane) gave John a one-hour grace period before his membership was revoked, he’s banned from all Continental services and cut off from other membership.