A film that instantly jumped up my list as one of the best action films is John Wick. Starring Keanu Reeves as the title character John Wick follows an ex-mob enforcer who goes after a mob boss and his son when the son murders his dog and steals his car, the catch, the dog was a gift given to him by his dying wife to help him cope with her death.
“With such tremendous fan and critical support for John Wick, we knew that there was still so much more of this story to tell,” said a Lionsgate spokesman. “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.”
The film ended up taking $78 million at the global box office, representing a serious return on its $20 million budget. Reeves will be back for the sequel, as will co-directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, alongside screenwriter Derek Kolstad.
No release date has been confirmed as yet, with John Wick 2 expected to arrive in cinemas in 2016.
One of my favorite actions movies of last year was John Wick the slick and yet gritty film was something that just kind of came out of nowhere and reminded anyone who may have forgotten, just how much of a bad ass Keanu Reeves can be. The film was tracking at moderate business until it jumped to a $14m debut weekend with $43 million in North America and $35.7 million outside North America for a worldwide total of $78.7 million, against a budget of $20 million.
Along with Reeves the original directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, and screenwriter Derek Kolstad are returning, along with anyone who managed to survived Wick’s onslaught on Russian Boss Viggo Tarasov (Michael Nyqvist) when his son Iosef (Alfie Allen) murders his dog and steals his car. There is much more to it then that but that’s the gist.
I can not wait to see more of this seedy, bloody, and violent hitman world Reeves, Stahelsski and Leitch has created and what more they can put Wick or through. No world yet on a release date but stay tuned for more. You can check out the trailer from the first film below.
I am a big action movie fan and so when I heard the reviews for John Wick I dragged my non-action movie loving significant other to the theater for what I was sure was going to change my life as far as action movies and I was disappointed. It was so good that even my aforementioned significant other was trying to not scream at the screen “shoot him!” while the title character, played by Keanu Reeves, pulled out a desert eagle and proceeded to shoot through everything to get this his target, the whiny son of a Russian mob boss. I’m telling you, if you haven’t seen John Wick then you need to get on it.
Co-directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch talked a bit about making the sequel and it’s not the great action they’re worried about topping, it’s trying to find a way to have the audience want to spend another hour and a half with the mob hit man.
“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.”
Things are currently in the development stages but I can’t even begin to express how much I want this to happen and seriously, again, go watch the movie, it’s out on DVD and Blu-ray right now!