By Matt O'Bryant
What's up guys and gals,
In just a few short weeks the sequel to one of the best action films of the past decade John Wick begins filming. While we know who the director and writer is and that Keanu Reeves is reprising his role as the title character, little else is known about the film.
In a recent interview by the good folks over at Collider with Keanu Reeves, the actor talks about the story and where the sequel is heading.
“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.”
Reeves also discussed finding the right story and not just retelling the original.
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.
One of the most talked about aspects of the first John Wick was the hotel Continental and the amazing world building that was on display in the film. Reeves says that everyone involved has payed attention to what the fans really loved.
“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 goes on to talk some more about filming on the next film, the action, and doing it well.
“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.”
Finally Reeves goes on to discuss the future of the franchise and the possibility of more sequels down the road.
“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.”
John Wick 2 hits theaters Fall 2016.
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