Following the first poster release yesterday and the announcement of a New York Comic Con panel for the film, director Chad Stahelski has spoken with Collider about the upcoming “John Wick Chapter 2,” the sequel to 2014’s cult action hit starring Keanu Reeves.
The original film had Reeves as a famed retired hitman reluctantly pulled back into the business after goons kill the dog left to him by his late wife. In the new one, he’s once again forced out of retirement but this time by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. He heads to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers.
Stahelski promises the new film will have even more action and will really explore more of the underworld that the first film only showed pieces of:
“I would say we had twice as much action as the first movie. We took it all a full notch up as far as the driving car stuff went. A great portion of the car chase in the opening of the film is Keanu, which is very impressive… People kept asking us in the year after the movie came out, ‘We’d like to see more about the hotel.’ ‘We’d like to see more about all the different characters. ‘What is this underworld where everyone’s the best?’ What’s it like to be in a world like this? That’s what we really wanted to expand on. Me and the other creators on the show, my partner and the other producers, the biggest attraction to us about filmmaking really is creating a universe, and creating a world, and creating a little bit of escape. That’s really what we focused on and we’re hoping that’s what comes across in the second movie.”
He also confirmed that Laurence Fishburne’s character in the new film is called ‘The Bowery King’ and part of the story also deals with the ‘assassin’s code’ with a contract put out on Wick’s life after he killed a Russian gangster. There’s also a new dog. “John Wick: Chapter 2” will open February 10th.