If you’re a fan of action and managed to go to the movies at any point between last Fall and now, chances are you’ve seen a little $20 million dollar independent film called John Wick, and you dug lead actor Keanu Reeves with fervor in some capacity. Come to think of it, it really is official as a character now owns on the screen thanks in large part to his action-training cohorts at 87 Eleven Action Design, debut directing duo Chad Stahelski and David Leitch with fight coordinator Jonathan Eusebio designing all sorts of unrelenting brutality in Wick‘s wake.
So, now what? Well, a sequel was officially announced to be in development back in February by Lionsgate after Stahleski spoke on it earlier
, and now the word from Forbes
contributor Scott Mendelson dictated that Reeves
is officially returning as well. There are no script or story details as of yet, but the fact that this update exists alone is reason enough to stay excited from here on out. The first film, which saw Reeves
as a former contract killer for the Russian mob avenge the destruction of his second chance at a better life by targeting Russian mob boss and his son, was reportedly a last minute pick-up by Lionsgate (Summit) before crushing it with well-over $78 million dollars at the box-office and a current 84% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes, and if you haven’t noticed, things have been picking up quite handsomely between the two stuntmen-turned-helmers.
Upcoming works like Universal’s Cowboy.Ninja.Viking.
, Cinemax’s new series, Rain
and Valiant/Sony’s forthcoming Harbinger Wars
development are all noteworthy attachments at the moment. In the meantime, the possibility of John Wick 2
is a growing certianty now as we move ahead.
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