Few could have anticipated the immense success of 2014's John Wick. The Keanu Reeves fronted action thrill ride introduced the world to the title character, a master assassin who is brought out of retirement to avenge the murder of his puppy - the final gift imparted to him by his deceased wife.
John Wick's humble beginnings led to cult success commercially (as well as a strong critical reception, on the whole), and such success guaranteed we would see Mr. Wick again. It seems we won't have to wait long to see the assassin's next adventures, as production for John Wick 2 is set to begin this fall.
This news comes from Deadline, with little else revealed aside from the imminent production. At this point almost nothing has been said of the upcoming film's plot, though behind the scenes it will reunite original John Wick directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski with screenwriter Derek Kolstad - and, of course, Mr. Wick himself Keanu Reeves.
Leitch and Stahelski previously offered the following tease, regarding how they are approaching the task of crafting a franchise around the John Wick character:
“We have ideas for days and without blinking twice we know we can outdo the action from the original. 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... 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.”
It is difficult to pinpoint the direction in which John Wick 2 will go, as the original film was largely self-contained in its design. By the time credits rolled, John Wick had tied up most of his loose ends, leaving very little in his wake. Having seemingly found peace, the sequel's threat will need to be even greater than the original -- justifying Wick's decision to come out of retirement once more. They won't kill his dog again, though; once was already too much for some audiences.
Moreover, John Wick does layout an entire mythos that is ripe for exploration, complete with morbidly humorous characters, stylized violence, and a vision of New York's dark underbelly that audiences seemed to genuinely respond to. Wick himself is a fairly blank slate upon which any future installments could be based, and Reeves himself remains a solid box office commodity, too (even after 25 years or so of being in the game); meaning, John Wick 2 is a sequel we can get behind.
We'll bring you more information on John Wick 2 as it becomes available.