John Wick directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch revealed to movies.com’s Director’s Notebook that they are already working on a sequel to the 2014 action film. Not only was the original a fantastic example of how to make a competent and smart action movie, it also showed that Keanu Reeves has still got action chops, even a decade after the last Matrix was in theaters. A John Wick sequel being in the works is good news for any action movie fan.
Unfortunately, the directing duo didn’t reveal much about what the sequel will actually contain, or if it will even star Keanu Reeves. Stahelski stated only “If we could work with Keanu Reeves for 10 movies you’d have a really cool career,” but they are unsure if Keanu will be making a return to his role as Wick with a sequel.
Great action choreography and unique fighting sequences aside, the thing that set John Wick apart was its interesting story-telling and the underground world of assassins that it managed to put together. That kind of world and character building is hard enough to do in one action movie, let alone two. Keeping the main character relatable is a hurdle that Stahelski acknowledges.
“We have ideas for days and without blinking twice we know we can outdo the action from the original,” Stahelski said. “It’s the matter of story and how much you like the character. That’s always the most important. If there’s great action but you have a character that no one likes and doesn’t have charisma you’re not going to watch it. Look at any great action star, whether it’s Harrison Ford or Liam Neeson or Robert Downey Jr., pick a name, you love the guy first. Good action, bad action, you just love them in action. So we want to make sure we have a story and a character that everybody loves and then we’ll dress it with action that we promise will be awesome.”
John Wick was Stahleski and Leitch’s first time directing a feature-length film, but both of them have deep roots in the action movie scene as legendary stunt coordinators. They’ve worked with Keanu Reeves before on The Matrix Trilogy, and also choreographed the great fight scenes in 300, The Hunger Games, Spider-Man 2, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Escape From L.A. and dozens more.
If you couldn’t tell by this less-than-unbiased hype for a sequel, John Wick is a film that is near and dear to my heart. You can check out my review, and it just barely missed my top five favorite movies of 2014 list that we did back in December. If you haven’t already seen it, John Wick is out now on DVD and Blu-Ray and is well worth a watch or seven.
There is no word yet on when the sequel is expected, or when production of the film will begin.