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Keanu Reeves returns as John Wick 2 begins filming this fall

09.22.2015

Last year, an action film starring Keanu Reeves as a retired hitman seeking vengeance blew most everyone away; a sequel was soon announced with Keanu Reeves returning along with directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski and screenwriter Derek Kolstad. Things seem to have moved along rather quickly as it has been announced that JOHN WICK 2 will begin filming this fall.

Lionsgate President of Acquisitions Jason Constantine said:

With such tremendous fan and critical support for JOHN WICK, we knew that there was still so much more of this story to tell. 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.

I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I've yet to watch JOHN WICK, but it's definitely on my list and I suppose I should get on that sooner rather than later before the boss reads this and fires me. Director Chad Stahelski had previously revealed that Leitch and he have no shortage of ideas to draw from for a sequel, it's just a matter of combining great action with great character:

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.

What would you like to see in a JOHN WICK sequel?

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1:08PM on 09/23/2015

O yea!

Sometimes, less is more. And that was the case with John Wick. Simple plot, but hardcore as hell, and action was awesome. Don't mess with a man's dog. looking forward to this!
Sometimes, less is more. And that was the case with John Wick. Simple plot, but hardcore as hell, and action was awesome. Don't mess with a man's dog. looking forward to this!
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9:07AM on 09/23/2015

Hell Yeah!

Now, let's all make sure we go see this in the theater when it comes out!
Now, let's all make sure we go see this in the theater when it comes out!
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8:26AM on 09/23/2015
I just hope this doesn't go downhill like the Taken series. More character development, a look in Wicks past would be awesome too. Bring on the sequel.
I just hope this doesn't go downhill like the Taken series. More character development, a look in Wicks past would be awesome too. Bring on the sequel.
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9:56AM on 09/23/2015
At least we can take comfort in the fact that the directors are the same, and that, unlike Luc Besson, they seem to be looking to take extra care of how they move forward. These guys understand action movies.
At least we can take comfort in the fact that the directors are the same, and that, unlike Luc Besson, they seem to be looking to take extra care of how they move forward. These guys understand action movies.
8:11AM on 09/23/2015
The original was, in my opinion, just shy of being an absolute classic. Apart from some parts that seemed a bit scrappily handled, John Wick was really good. I'd definitely be interested in a sequel - just leave his dog alone.
The original was, in my opinion, just shy of being an absolute classic. Apart from some parts that seemed a bit scrappily handled, John Wick was really good. I'd definitely be interested in a sequel - just leave his dog alone.
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11:49AM on 09/23/2015
I do hope that dog makes an appearance, though.
I do hope that dog makes an appearance, though.
2:21PM on 09/23/2015
To me, it's only weak point is that Marilyn Manson song, which is truly awful once, let alone the 3 times they used it in the movie.
To me, it's only weak point is that Marilyn Manson song, which is truly awful once, let alone the 3 times they used it in the movie.
8:06AM on 09/23/2015
I'm down with a sequel, but I would like more story on the side characters. They seem ripe additional stories. Also, I'd be totally down if the sequel was a Raid type sequel attack about defending The Continental hotel because that would be awesome.
I'm down with a sequel, but I would like more story on the side characters. They seem ripe additional stories. Also, I'd be totally down if the sequel was a Raid type sequel attack about defending The Continental hotel because that would be awesome.
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7:44AM on 09/23/2015
They should have plenty to work with given the world they created for themselves. John Wick was easily one of my favorite movies of last year, and the talent on hand makes a sequel an exciting prospect.
They should have plenty to work with given the world they created for themselves. John Wick was easily one of my favorite movies of last year, and the talent on hand makes a sequel an exciting prospect.
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5:38AM on 09/23/2015
Great news, and at least they are giving lip service to character and story first. They did a good job of it in the first one so don't skimp this time, make it a good story and the rest will follow. Can't wait!
Great news, and at least they are giving lip service to character and story first. They did a good job of it in the first one so don't skimp this time, make it a good story and the rest will follow. Can't wait!
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1:17AM on 09/23/2015
Loved John Wick & I hope the sequel gives us more about who the character is & a little more backstory, perhaps in flashbacks. It can be done without seeming like a prequel or origin story. We already know he is a bad ass, just know I myself want to know more about him. To me this is the perfect character for Keanu Reeves & I'm happy he has another franchise that fans love & can get behind.
Loved John Wick & I hope the sequel gives us more about who the character is & a little more backstory, perhaps in flashbacks. It can be done without seeming like a prequel or origin story. We already know he is a bad ass, just know I myself want to know more about him. To me this is the perfect character for Keanu Reeves & I'm happy he has another franchise that fans love & can get behind.
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12:22AM on 09/23/2015
Bring it on, man! The first movie was a big surprise for me.
Bring it on, man! The first movie was a big surprise for me.
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11:42PM on 09/22/2015
Absolutely loved the first one and thought the action and fight scenes were choreographed and shot very well. One of the most refreshing action films in years (in my opinion). Can't wait to see how else they continue the story.
Absolutely loved the first one and thought the action and fight scenes were choreographed and shot very well. One of the most refreshing action films in years (in my opinion). Can't wait to see how else they continue the story.
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11:25PM on 09/22/2015
Can not fucking wait! I'll be honest, this was THE throw back action film people have been clamoring for. This movie was the modern version of the 80's action movie we all wanted. Its what expendables wanted to be, but never was. While I hope this doesn't overstay its welcome by having 100 sequels, I definitely want another one.
Can not fucking wait! I'll be honest, this was THE throw back action film people have been clamoring for. This movie was the modern version of the 80's action movie we all wanted. Its what expendables wanted to be, but never was. While I hope this doesn't overstay its welcome by having 100 sequels, I definitely want another one.
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10:45PM on 09/22/2015
I like how the first movie has a minimalist plot but tells plenty of story in it that made us feel connected to the character. As for the sequel, I tend to think that maybe it's a good idea this time around to turn the focus from John Wick himself to other people whose lives are affected by him. I don't think there's much left to tell about Wick, but I sure would be interested to know more about the criminals he kills or the people he unintentionally hurt. Heck, the first movie was good because
I like how the first movie has a minimalist plot but tells plenty of story in it that made us feel connected to the character. As for the sequel, I tend to think that maybe it's a good idea this time around to turn the focus from John Wick himself to other people whose lives are affected by him. I don't think there's much left to tell about Wick, but I sure would be interested to know more about the criminals he kills or the people he unintentionally hurt. Heck, the first movie was good because basically John Wick is the real villain of the story. He is, after all, the actual boogeyman of the underworld.
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9:47PM on 09/22/2015
I Hope it's going to be a Prequel on what Wick originally had to do too originally get out .
I Hope it's going to be a Prequel on what Wick originally had to do too originally get out .
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9:49PM on 09/22/2015
too many Originally opps
too many Originally opps
10:54PM on 09/22/2015
I think that story would be better left in the imagination of fans. The thing about prequels is that we already know how it's going to end. And in an action movie, that would make the stakes not having much impact to the audience.
Maybe it would be better if the flashback scene plays out at the beginning of the sequel, and then there's something in that scene that becomes an important plot in the present time. Like a loose end that John overlooked and one that he must spend the rest of the
I think that story would be better left in the imagination of fans. The thing about prequels is that we already know how it's going to end. And in an action movie, that would make the stakes not having much impact to the audience.
Maybe it would be better if the flashback scene plays out at the beginning of the sequel, and then there's something in that scene that becomes an important plot in the present time. Like a loose end that John overlooked and one that he must spend the rest of the movie to tie up.
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9:20PM on 09/22/2015

Meh...

As much as i LOVE keanue reeves, the first one was just alright and kind of full of mindless action scenes, if they make this I hope they ground it a bit more.
As much as i LOVE keanue reeves, the first one was just alright and kind of full of mindless action scenes, if they make this I hope they ground it a bit more.
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10:01PM on 09/22/2015
That was about what I thought of it. The criminal underworld was rather cool and unique though. Would love to see them expand on that and hell I'd like to see them give Wick an opponent of equal lethal ability to go up against.
That was about what I thought of it. The criminal underworld was rather cool and unique though. Would love to see them expand on that and hell I'd like to see them give Wick an opponent of equal lethal ability to go up against.
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