During an interview with Movies.com, co-directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch of the action-packed breakout flick John Wick revealed a sequel is already in development.
“We’re in development right now,” Stahelski told us. They didn’t go into any specifics on story or if Reeves would return, though Stahelski did hint, “If we could work with Keanu Reeves for 10 movies you’d have a really cool career.”
“We have ideas for days and without blinking twice we know we can outdo the action from the original,” Stahelski said. “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.”
This could make for a worthwhile franchise when the R-rated action genre is really struggling to find audiences.
A lot of attention to detail and time was put into setting-up the mythology for this underworld of assassins. It's only natural to consider they have many different angles they could pursue with sequels. Plus, I'm sure they do operate outside of New York and New Jersey.
The question of when this sequel will come together is another thing entirely as the directing duo could make Cowboy Ninja Viking starring Chris Pratt next. They also have a television project Rain which would see them re-teaming with Keanu Reeves.
Wick is currently out on hardcopy/digital platforms and is extremely worth checking out.