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.
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.