Keanu Reeves made a bold return to the silver screen last October with his genre thriller John Wick. The film, which also starred veterans Willem Dafoe, Ian McShane, and John Leguizamo, managed to strangle a healthy critical consensus and bruised the worldwide box office by taking in an agreeable 78 million dollars. So, of course, Summit Entertainment and Lionsgate International are interested in a second fight.
Today, Lionsgate’s Jason Constantine announced the sequel, which will reunite Reeves with directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch alongside screeenwriter Derek Kolstad, stating: “With such tremendous fan and critical support for John Wick, we knew that there was still so much more of this story to tell.” For the uninformed, the original followed the titular retired hitman as he sought revenge against the henchman that killed his puppy. No lie.
It’s actually quite a thrill ride for action enthusiasts. As our own Blake Goble wrote in his B+ review, “John Wick is yet another middle-aged man actioner, but unlike those Neeson and Washington nose-crushers, Wick and its leading man have a delirious sense of levity and absurdity. This is The Equalizer minus 40 minutes, with a surprising sense of humor.”
Much like they did with the original, Lionsgate will head to Cannes this month to shop the sequel, which Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk will produce and Constantine and Eda Kowan will oversee. Here’s hoping the pitbull puppy survives the first act.