If we learned anything from John Wick, it was not to mess with the eponymous assassin’s pets. But back in May, we learned that there would be a sequel to Thunder Road Pictures’ revenge romp, meaning that someone just couldn’t let sleeping dogs lie.
According to Coming Soon, John Wick 2 begins filming in the Fall and will be released through Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment. While the first film had a relatively small production budget ($20 million), it raked in just under $80 million at the box office. That being said, you can expect the studio to spend a bit more this time around, as it looks to build on the success of the original.
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We’ll just have to hope this film doesn’t go the way of many sequels before it by adding until it subtracts. John Wick took a simple, self-contained story and supercharged it with a heady cocktail of imagination and adrenaline, if John Wick 2 doesn’t stray too far from that formula, it should have no problem providing audiences with the same sort of rip-roaring good time.
Former stuntmen David Leitch, and Chad Stahelski will return as co-directors and — while we’re excited to hear that the gears have begun to turn — details are still scarce at this point. The studio has yet to set a release date for the film and IMDb’s synopsis is still just a sentence long “The continuing adventures of former hitman, John Wick.”
No matter, all you really need to know is that Keanu Reeves is reprising his role as a rampaging one-man army, and he’s had plenty of time to reload.
Who else will be returning for the sequel? Perhaps a better question is: Who else survived the original?
We’ll be bringing you updates as they become available. Stay tuned.