‘John Wick 2’ Movie Updates: Keanu Reeves All Set to Make A Character-Driven Action Franchise
Fans of 2014’s stylish Keanu Reeves vehicle “John Wick” now have cause to rejoice as Lionsgate has confirmed that the 50-year-old actor will be returning as the lethal assassin in “John Wick 2.” Read on to find out more.
In a conversation earlier this year with Movies.com, the stuntmen-turned-directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch have revealed their plans to do a “John Wick” sequel starring Reeves.
In the interview, the directors revealed that the challenge for them has been to write a character-driven plot with some spectacular new action set pieces.
“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… 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.”
The duo have also hinted a larger franchise for “John Wick” commenting that they would like to work with Reeves in as many as ten movies. Later on, Variety reported on Lionsgate President of Acquisitions and Co-production Jason Constantine’s confirmation of Reeves’ casting for the sequel. Original screenwriter David Kolstead is also back in the sequel.
In “John Wick,” Reeves plays a retired assassin with legendary skills, who is forced to hunt down his former employers as vengeance for killing his dog. The film was received very well commercially and critically, and is largely responsible for revitalizing Reeves’ career as a bankable action star.
“John Wick 2” is likely set to explore the mythos behind the character.
Reeves’ first met the directing duo on the sets of “The Matrix” where they were stunt doubles. Stahelski and Leitch have also been in the news recently with their rumored optioning of the comic “Cowboy Ninja Viking” to be turned into a movie starring Chris Pratt.
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