John Wick was a huge surprise hit last year and rightfully so. Keanu Reeves hasn’t had many hits recently but he came back in an awesome fashion with John Wick. It is easily one of the coolest, most badass action movies of recent years and a sequel for it was announced earlier this year. Many people have been wondering how a sequel to John Wick would work because it isn’t like they can just kill another dog to set him off again. Now, Collider had an exclusive interview with Keanu Reeves who is promoting his new film Knock Knock, where they asked about John Wick 2.
Regarding the story, Reeves said that John and John Wick are two very different people.
“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.”
As for the matter of how to not rehash the same story, Reeves said the following:
“‘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.”
The Continental Hotel was one of the most talked about and highly praised parts of John Wick and many people want to see more of it, and maybe even a spinoff movie just about it. Lucky for the fans, Chad Stahelski and Derek Kolstad have been listening.
“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.”
As for when the film will shoot, Reeves revealed when they plan to start production and how he is preparing to be “the Boogeyman” once again.
“We’re gonna do the same kind of thing in the sense of — what are the guiding principles? So it’s longer takes, know where you are on the space, who’s doing what, action with consequence. And then going to other levels of what the gun-Fu was, which was Jujitsu and Judo mixed with weapons and different styles of weapon training. So we’ve been opening up, I’ve been learning some other tools and different styles of that, and trying to develop some more techniques in terms of Judo and Jujitsu and bring those elements into the work. And then we have some other things that might be a little different…But it’s all organic. It’s not like all of a sudden John Wick has superpowers, it’s got to be connected to the character.”
And finally, many have been wondering if John Wick could become a large franchise with many more movies. However, Reeves isn’t even so sure that it will become a long-running franchise.
“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.”
Go to Collider.com for the full interview.