[This post contains SPOILERS for John Wick: Chapter 2]
Keanu Reeves has reclaimed a spot near the top of action movie leads over the last few years thanks to his resurgence with John Wick. The film's low budget and high octane violence worked well enough for the studio to move forward with a sequel. John Wick: Chapter 2 has so far already proven to be a worthwhile endeavor for the studio.
After just its first weekend in theaters, the sequel doubled the opening weekend of its predecessor and has since driven the requests for a third installment to happen. As anyone who has seen the film knows, there is very heavy setup done for another movie that should be merely a formality - even if it hasn't been officially green lit. So how does the film's ending play into the future of the franchise? Thankfully, Reeves shared his thoughts on what it could mean for the boogeyman.
While speaking to CinemaBlend about the sequel, Reeves was asked why the decision to pit John against the world was made. For a man that has suffered the loss of his wife, the dog she gifted him as a dying gesture, the house they lived in, and more, it was only fitting from Reeves' perspective to send him to that place once more.
"We wanted to come to a place that John literally had to fight for his life, and that he's starting to become a little anti-establishment. And that's really where the character starts to develop. It's like the rules and world that he lived by, aren't starting to work for him, and they're not working! There are people who are out to get him because of [his] transgressions. And we liked that idea because we like John - when I say 'we' I mean the producers, the writer, the director -- we like to see him suffer!"
The film's closing moments sees a hit being put on Wick's head after he was issued excommunicado by The Continental. As he is running away (with his dog at his side) the odds of Wick literally taking on that many adversaries and being successful seem slim to none, but Reeves said they are still determining how they will explore this concept.
"We wanted to put him in another vulnerable... 'How's he going to get out?! How's he going to survive?! What's it mean?! What's he going to do?!' I don't know! We have some ideas. Maybe he needs to go to Jerusalem! Or he's in the middle of the desert. Or whatever!"
Even if Wick tries to flee to a secluded part of the world, he only has an hour of being untouchable before attempts to take him out will begin. Surely this will result in an interesting opening sequence for John Wick 3 if he is trying to reach a destination only to be thwarted at seemingly every turn.
Even for someone as talented and ruthless as John Wick, his journey ahead is an unenviable task. Hopefully the creative team involved will develop a story that keeps the personal aspect of the franchise moving forward, even as they go about further exploring the world and those that live within it.
- John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) release date: Feb 10, 2017