Keanu Reeves’ action-thriller John Wick was one of the bigger surprises of the fall when it opened last October, grossing $43 million domestically and another $35 million overseas, based on a $20 million production budget.
Now out on DVD and Blu-ray, Movies.com had a chance to speak with directors and stunt coordinators Chad Stahelski and David Leitch who told them that they’re already in development for a sequel to John Wick.
“We have ideas for days and without blinking twice we know we can outdo the action from the original,” Stahelski told them. “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.”
That said, they didn’t go into any details about whether Keanu Reeves would even return for a sequel, but in the meantime, the duo are also in early talks to direct the comic book-based Cowboy Ninja Viking.