Fans have been gushing since the release earlier this month of the trailer for “John Wick: Chapter 2” which promised stylish action and visuals along with Keanu Reeves once again kicking all kinds of ass.
The film’s director Chad Stahelski says that despite the familiarity, the filmmakers looked to the “Alien” franchise and what James Cameron did with “Aliens” to serve as the guide for how to do a sequel right. Stahelski, who has worked on all three of the “Matrix” films and so knows about disappointing sequels, tells Collider:
“The reason people love you so much sometimes is because you’re original. John Wick was an original twist on a classic tale, with a fancier look and a different way of telling the story. More like a Greek myth rather than your typical action movie. So you give away your whole hand with that, you give away originality. So how do you compete with yourself?
We decided to stop competing with the first one. Once we stopped worrying about ourselves it was fun. I mean is it as good as the first one? I don’t know. Did we go better in some ways? Yes. Did we experiment with the characters more? Yes. Everything there is better. Is the enjoyment better? I think the enjoyment is there, but it’s different.
All the other director friends I have don’t like doing sequels or don’t like doing other people’s sequels, which is even worse I think. But then there’s other examples. I think the best example is Ridley Scott. He did the first Alien. James Cameron created Aliens. Cameron, I think think is a genius for that. Going, ‘I’m not making the same Aliens again, I’m just gonna make it.’ If I could be so bold as to take that similarity then so be it.
[The title] was a completely conscious decision. That’s why we named it Chapter 2. It was a like a chapter in a book. Where, if you pick up a book, you don’t have to read the beginning, you can just jump into a chapter.”
“John Wick: Chapter 2” sends John Wick to Rome so he can face off against some of the world’s deadliest assassins in service of a blood oath to a former associate who wants to take control of a mysterious assassins’ guild. Stahelski confirmed that Ian McShane (Winston) and Lance Reddick (Charon) will return for a third film in the series should it go ahead:
“Yeah, the studio has asked us to put our heads together and see if we can come up with something. Winston’s [McShane] is a big part of the next one, so is Lance Reddick. We’ve got some ideas. Love Lance, Lance is great, fantastic actor super great guy and we have a good cast. I keep saying that, we have a really great cast [laughs].”
“John Wick: Chapter 2” opens in cinemas on February 10th.