One of the few bright moments in a weekend of politics and nastiness on social media was that of the first trailer release of “John Wick: Chapter 2”. The preview for the Keanu Reeves-led retired assassin revenge thriller with its perfect poe-faced yet tongue-in-cheek tone has fuelled understandable excitement for the follow-up to the 2014 film.
Turns out though there’s likely more to get excited over. The film’s director Chad Stahelski spoke with Collider over the weekend and says that the studio, Lionsgate, are as excited as everyone else – so much so they’ve already discussed a third movie in the series:
“The studio has asked us to put our heads together and see if we can come up with something. Winston’s [Ian McShane] is a big part of the next one, so is Lance Reddick. We’ve got some ideas.”
Coming up with the right idea is key which is why “John Wick: Chapter 2” wasn’t in production sooner – they had to wait until they had an idea that worked:
“When it came to coming up with a story idea, we had like ten bad ideas, and then we were like, ‘f–k it,’ what would have just happened the next day. Once we stopped worrying about ourselves, it was fun. Is it as good as the first one? I don’t know, that’s personal opinion. Did we go better in some ways? Yes. Did we explore the character more? Yes. It’s better, I think, technically. Is the enjoyment better? Yes, it’s there, but it’s completely different.”
“John Wick: Chapter 2” opens on February 10th 2017.