ManlyMovie’s official manliest movie of 2014 will get the sequel we have all been anticipating, it has been announced today. John Wick 2 is going ahead with directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski returning with Keanu Reeves in the title role doing the same. Presumably Mr Wick’s new dog will also return.
We loved the first John Wick. It filled multiple voids and delivered in several areas. An alternative to comic book hegemony in action and giving us perfect camera work as opposed to the tired shaking camera technique.
So what do we want from John Wick 2? Personally, I’d be more than happy with more of the same, don’t try and reinvent the wheel. Maybe an oldschool name as the villain in this sequel.
Here’s the official line for today’s announcement.
SANTA MONICA, Calif, May 4, 2015 – Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) has confirmed plans to produce a sequel to 2014’s critically-acclaimed breakout hit “JOHN WICK,” it was announced today by Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, Co-Chairmen of the Theatrical Motion Pictures Group. Keanu Reeves along with directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski as well as screenwriter, Derek Kolstad are set to return for the sequel. The film will be released through Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment and will be produced by Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk, who produced the first film.
In the follow up to last year’s adrenaline-fueled revenge and redemption thriller, legendary hit man John Wick is back.
“With such tremendous fan and critical support for ‘John Wick,’ we knew that there was still so much more of this story to tell,” said Jason Constantine, President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions. “We are thrilled that Keanu, David and Chad have re-teamed with us and promise to bring audiences even more excitement the second time around.”
Jason Constantine and Eda Kowan at Lionsgate will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.
Lionsgate International will be selling the picture internationally at the upcoming Cannes Film Market.