Keanu Reeves recently spoke to Collider about the upcoming John Wick 2. The original film hit theaters October of last year, and was an immediate success both financially and with the critical masses. A sequel and potential franchise became inevitable, and the creatives involved are moving quickly to get this next chapter to fans.
Reeves dropped some very cryptic, Keanu-like hints regarding John Wick 2:
“I think we have a really good premise, and it’s an organic premise. 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.”
That is a decidedly open-ended interpretation for John Wick 2. Directors Kolstad and Stahelski are privy to the fans and their admiration for the Hotel Continental, this magical assassin-friendly hotel where seemingly anything goes:
“Chad 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 also said filming should begin sometime at the end of this month, and he wasn’t entirely sure what the future of the franchise will bring. While the interview delivered no concrete details, it definitely gave an interesting glimpse as to direction. It should be just as badass as the original, but John Wick 2 also needs to feel new and fresh. That’s a tough high-wire act, one that derails a lot of sequels and franchises.
You can read the extended interview over at Collider.