The thriller “John Wick,” about a retired hitman (Keanu Reeves) who seeks vengeance against Russian gangsters who stole his car and killed his puppy, won over critics and audiences with its stellar fight choreography and action sequences, taking its cues from Hong Kong cinema, anime, and revenge classics like John Boorman’s “Point Blank.” Now, a sequel is currently in production and will be released early next year. In a recent interview with EW, actor Ian McShane (“Deadwood”), who played Winston, the owner of the Continental Hotel, in the first film, revealed a few details about “John Wick 2.” He says that the sequel has the “same kind of premise” as the first one, and that Riccardo Scamarcio (“Pasolini”) will play the chief villain. He also says that “Keanu gets a new dog” in the sequel and that he believes it could be “even better than the first.”
“John Wick” was co-directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, both of whom have multiple credits as stunt coordinators and second unit directors. They both previously worked with Keanu Reeves on “The Matrix” trilogy. Meanwhile, Ian McShane is best known for playing Al Swearengen on HBO’s western drama “Deadwood.” Reeves has previously starred in “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” “Point Break,” “My Own Private Idaho,” “Speed,” and “A Scanner Darkly.” He can be seen in Nicolas Winding Refn’s upcoming film “The Neon Demon.”
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The “John Wick” sequel will be directed by Chad Stahelski. It’s set to be released on February 10th, 2017.