One of 2014's surprise hits, John Wick, is getting a sequel and there's no doubt we're all excited about it. With that excitement though, surely, there are some nerves about whether or not the excellent first movie will be done justice with the follow-up.
Reeves, who has "Knock, Knock," opening in theaters this week, opened up about the John Wick is confident about the sequel. “I think we have a really good premise, and it’s an organic premise," he told Collider. "It’s basically — to me there’s John Wick and then there’s John. You know, John is the married guy whose wife just died, and that five years of his life. Then there’s John Wick, who’s the mythical assassin. In this, John Wick’s past comes and infiltrates John’s life and John Wick, in a way, has to fight for John.”
Movies about character are the best kind, however, they still need a compelling story and motivation. Reeves is confident about that for John Wick 2, as well. "I think we have a good idea of that," he said about the emotional hook and story of the second going.
“Chad [Stahelski] and the writer, Derek Kolstad, they’ve really listened to what people have enjoyed about the work and how they speak about it. So there’s definitely that influence of the other world, the Continental world, the look, the feel, what it is about the movie, what made people like it; is definitely being paid attention to and the world opens up in this chapter,” Reeves said."
He certainly wasn't shy about the upcoming project. He went on to explain the type of action the sequel will feature as well, saying, “We’re gonna do the same kind of thing in the sense of — what are the guiding principles? So it’s longer takes, know where you are on the space, who’s doing what, action with consequence. And then going to other levels of what the gun-Fu was, which was Jujitsu and Judo mixed with weapons and different styles of weapon training. So we’ve been opening up, I’ve been learning some other tools and different styles of that, and trying to develop some more techniques in terms of Judo and Jujitsu and bring those elements into the work. And then we have some other things that might be a little different…But it’s all organic. It’s not like all of a sudden John Wick has superpowers, it’s got to be connected to the character.”
The sequel may be about checks and making money to the producers and execs, but Reeves truly wants to deliver a compelling story for his John Wick character. “I’m interested in what happens to the guy and in this world," Reeves explained. "So when we were speaking about it, obviously it did well enough for the investors to want to do another one, which is cool, and it’s great to have the opportunity to further the story. But we had to come up with a reason why, and we came up with a reason that was good enough, that didn’t suck, and we’re just trying to make it better and better. In terms of a franchise, I don’t know, until you do it and it’s done, you don’t know, because it’s not source material, this is original goodness.”
John Wick 2's release date hasn't been set but it goes into production in October.