Looks like the second sequel to Keanu Reeves-starrer John Wick is making good progress.
After John Wick proved to be a hit in 2014, a sequel was produced, which hit cinemas earlier this year. Unlike the first film, John Wick: Chapter 2 ended on a major cliffhanger and people have been dying to know what’s next in store for the titular retired hitman.
Collider spoke with John Wick: Chapter 2 director Chad Stahelski about the status of the third film, and Stahelski revealed that the film pretty much has gotten the greenlight and that they’re in the middle of writing it.
When asked when they might start filming, Stahelski replied, “It’s more of how fast can we get our shit together. But I would assume that if not by the end of this year, the beginning of next year.”
The question of who will helm the new film remains up in the air. Stahelski co-directed John Wick with David Leitch. While Leitch went on to direct Atomic Blonde (and now Deadpool 2) instead of returning for Chapter 2, Stahelski is now attached to the Highlander reboot. The latter said while he’s “super involved” with the sequel and loves the franchise, he is currently acting as only prep director.
Chapter 2 showed more of Wick’s world and the mythology of the assassination body he formerly worked for. Stahelski indicated that “more of the intricacies of the world” and “the inner workings of different parts of New York” will be revealed.
Stahelski also assured that, as with its predecessors, there would still be an avoidance of CGI in the next movie – “I think it would be a mistake budget wise and creatively to just go big and blow up a freeway. That’s not our gig. That’s a comic book or a Bond gig.”
He also talked of the lead character’s development: “We’re very comfortable with where we want [John Wick] to go in the third one and what Keanu wants to do. If you really watch the first and second one, there’s only one place it can go — so I’ll let you sort that out.
“Anyone watching can start piecing it together. You know he’s had some serious training. Was it military? Ehh — he kind of looks military. Where’s he from? Well — he speaks all these languages. We’re giving you the pieces and I think it’s always good… Hopefully in five years, you and your buddies will talk about how ‘he’s this or he’s that.’ We’ll give you a couple more pieces and let you stitch it together.”