In a recent interview, stuntmen turned directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch revealed that they are currently developing a sequel to John Wick, the action thriller starring Keanu Reeves.
“We have ideas for days and without blinking twice we know we can outdo the action from the original,” Stahelski told Movies.com. “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.”
At this point, it’s unknown if Reeves will reprise his title role in the film, though Stahelski is hopeful, saying “If we could work with Keanu Reeves for 10 movies you’d have a really cool career.”
Starring Reeves as an ex-hitman who comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him, John Wick hit theaters last October, where it went on to gross nearly $79M on a $20M budget. The film is now out on DVD and Blu-ray.
Stahelski and Leitch are, meanwhile, set to direct the comic book adaptation Cowboy Ninja Viking, starring Chris Pratt.