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John Wick director Chad Stahelski sets expectations for the film's sequel

02.04.2015

When JOHN WICK opened in theaters last year, many heralded it as the triumphant return of Keanu Reeves to leading man roles. With a budget of just $20 million, the film has gone on to gross over $70 million worldwide with several major territories to come. First time directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch are now being touted as potential helmers for COWBOY NINJA VIKING starring Chris Pratt, but that doesn't mean they are not planning on a sequel to their debut.

In an interview with Movies.com, director Chad Stahelski outlined what they would anticipate from JOHN WICK 2 when it actually happens.

"We have ideas for days and without blinking twice we know we can outdo the action from the original. It’s the matter of story and how much you like the character. That’s always the most important. If there’s great action but you have a character that no one likes and doesn’t have charisma you’re not going to watch it. Look at any great action star, whether it’s Harrison Ford or Liam Neeson or Robert Downey Jr., pick a name, you love the guy first. Good action, bad action, you just love them in action. So we want to make sure we have a story and a character that everybody loves and then we’ll dress it with action that we promise will be awesome.”

While not the most original movie, JOHN WICK was nonetheless very entertaining in a way action movies rarely are these days. It definitely lived up to the buzz it garnered and I can easily say I am not alone in wanting to see the further adventures of the titular character. Keanu Reeves has shown he still has what it takes for these types of roles and I hope he and his buddies have just as much fun making another one.

JOHN WICK is now available> on Blu-ray and DVD.

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Source: Movies.com

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4:49AM on 02/07/2015
This movie was great & I am glad I bought it also. I loved how it had a slow build up to get to know the character & his motives. After the build up then it was nothing short of balls to the wall action, not just with guns but some sick fight scenes. I welcome a sequel to this type of film & could not be more happy Keanu Reeves, if you watch the special features, you can tell he put his heart & soul in the project & is very proud to have been a part of it.
This movie was great & I am glad I bought it also. I loved how it had a slow build up to get to know the character & his motives. After the build up then it was nothing short of balls to the wall action, not just with guns but some sick fight scenes. I welcome a sequel to this type of film & could not be more happy Keanu Reeves, if you watch the special features, you can tell he put his heart & soul in the project & is very proud to have been a part of it.
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8:42PM on 02/05/2015

John Wick II: I'm Thinking I'm Back...Again!

Awesome news. Awesome action movie. The gun fu was bad ass and the villains were decent, but I really liked the things going on behind the scenes like the hotel for assassins and that the cops new of him and left him alone.
Awesome news. Awesome action movie. The gun fu was bad ass and the villains were decent, but I really liked the things going on behind the scenes like the hotel for assassins and that the cops new of him and left him alone.
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5:09PM on 02/05/2015

Bring it on.

The sequel to an instant cult classic always has huge expectations to live up to, but I hope they get it right and in any case it will be great to see John Wick back in action!
The sequel to an instant cult classic always has huge expectations to live up to, but I hope they get it right and in any case it will be great to see John Wick back in action!
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4:06PM on 02/05/2015

John Wick 2: Man's Best Friend

John Wick blows up on DVD/VOD, makes another $20 million in sales, $30 million in rentals, sequel opens to $25 million, earns $75 million. LETS MAKE IT SO!
John Wick blows up on DVD/VOD, makes another $20 million in sales, $30 million in rentals, sequel opens to $25 million, earns $75 million. LETS MAKE IT SO!
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5:25AM on 02/05/2015

YES YES YES

You don't understand..This isn't just a normal sequel. It's JOHN mother f**king WICK.
You don't understand..This isn't just a normal sequel. It's JOHN mother f**king WICK.
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11:58PM on 02/04/2015
As long as they don't have to kill another dog for the plot, I'm in!
As long as they don't have to kill another dog for the plot, I'm in!
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10:07PM on 02/04/2015
As long as they don't turn it into taken 2 or 3 or 4
As long as they don't turn it into taken 2 or 3 or 4
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9:19PM on 02/04/2015
What I liked about John Wick is that it didn't try too hard. It didn't try to too hard to have a story or to be different. It just told it's story and gave us a character it knew we would like. Nothing about it was particularly different from anything we've seen before, but it didn't have to be, and it knew it. What we got was something we've always liked, as far as movies like this go, in a very technically proficient film. It was comfortable, enjoyable, and kick ass. I liked that about it.
What I liked about John Wick is that it didn't try too hard. It didn't try to too hard to have a story or to be different. It just told it's story and gave us a character it knew we would like. Nothing about it was particularly different from anything we've seen before, but it didn't have to be, and it knew it. What we got was something we've always liked, as far as movies like this go, in a very technically proficient film. It was comfortable, enjoyable, and kick ass. I liked that about it. I'll be happy if the sequel just tries to be a similar simple, but entertaining film.
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6:34PM on 02/04/2015
This is the best news I've heard all day!
This is the best news I've heard all day!
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6:17PM on 02/04/2015

I would love to see more!

I just caught this on bluray yesterday from redbox and loved every minute of it. Very slick and extremely entertaining! I only wish I'd seen it before Golden Schmoes nominations ended, I would definitely added this film to several categories .
I just caught this on bluray yesterday from redbox and loved every minute of it. Very slick and extremely entertaining! I only wish I'd seen it before Golden Schmoes nominations ended, I would definitely added this film to several categories .
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5:22PM on 02/04/2015
John Wick was a hell of a lot fun and refreshing with some great hand to hand combat scenes. Looking forward to what new ideas these guys and Reeves deliver in the sequel.
John Wick was a hell of a lot fun and refreshing with some great hand to hand combat scenes. Looking forward to what new ideas these guys and Reeves deliver in the sequel.
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5:11PM on 02/04/2015

These guys get it.

John Wick was so much fun for me because it started out investing us in the character, and in the villains, and layered the action on in ways that kept it feeling fresh to me. Something I hadn't felt from the revenge genre in a very long time. But it was John Wick's baggage that made him such a cool character. This was a man who could kill anyone, and even the police wanted nothing to do with him. But being a widower made him human. The question I have, as I do with all revenge movies that
John Wick was so much fun for me because it started out investing us in the character, and in the villains, and layered the action on in ways that kept it feeling fresh to me. Something I hadn't felt from the revenge genre in a very long time. But it was John Wick's baggage that made him such a cool character. This was a man who could kill anyone, and even the police wanted nothing to do with him. But being a widower made him human. The question I have, as I do with all revenge movies that inspire sequels, once the smoke has cleared, how do you make people care again? That these guys are concerned about that is a good sign for things to come.
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