New Story Details About “John Wick 2”

One of last year’s more refreshing cult films was “John Wick,” a throwback revenge action film starring Keanu Reeves that featured impressive fighting, a rapid pace and a wickedly dark sense of humor.

With a sequel firmly in the works, Reeves recently spoke with Collider about how writer Drew Kolstad and director Chad Stahelski are progressing in their assembly of the sequel:

“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.”

Not treading over the same ground is a big draw for Reeves to do the sequel as he doesn’t want to hit the same emotional beats, and he promises that there’ll be more world building:

“Why tell the story? Why do we need to do this again? How do we do that without doing another dog? So we speak about John Wick, the next chapter, and what is that emotional hook? What is that? So I think we have a good idea of that.

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 has been in training for sometime now ahead of a shoot kicking off later this month. Talking about the fight scenes, he says he’s been learning up on more gun-fu techniques – a combination of jujitsu and judo mixed with varying styles of weapons tranining. The additional action is “all organic. It’s not like all of a sudden John Wick has superpowers, it’s got to be connected to the character.”

As for the potential future of the franchise, don’t expect too many more installments:

“I’m interested in what happens to the guy and in this world. So when we were speaking about it, obviously it did well enough for the investors to want to do another one, which is cool, and it’s great to have the opportunity to further the story.

But we had to come up with a reason why, and we came up with a reason that was good enough, that didn’t suck, and we’re just trying to make it better and better. In terms of a franchise, I don’t know, until you do it and it’s done, you don’t know, because it’s not source material, this is original goodness.”

Should it follow the pattern, “John Wick 2” will hit cinemas next Fall.