John Wick’s success is largely owed to the directing power of Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, the duo who used their years of experience as stunt coordinators to really amp up the action. The guys have two upcoming action films — John Wick 2 and The Coldest City — but only so much time for both, so Stahelski and Leitch have decided to divide and conquer, with each of them taking on one project instead of two.
John Wick was one of the greatest surprises of last year (a surprise only if you don’t believe in the power of Keanu Reeves), a riveting and lively action film that ticks off all the boxes: Keanu Reeves kicking ass, a cute puppy, a cool night club packed with lots of bad guys for Reeves to knock out. It was as if SNL’s Stefon were describing the ideal action movie — it had everything. The sequel officially begins shooting this fall, promising more Wick, more action, and hopefully more cute puppies.
Keanu Reeves has really established his place in contemporary cinema with roles in action films and thrillers that feel like they would have been right at home in 1999. The Keanussaince continues as Reeves has signed on to star in Rally Car, a new race car-centric action flick described as the Chinese version of The Cannonball Run.
Eli Roth has not one, but two films hitting theaters this fall — first up is The Green Inferno, his cannibal horror throwback film that was delayed by studio issues. The other is Knock Knock, a dramatic thriller starring Keanu Reeves as a married man who gets in over his head with two young women. A new trailer has arrived for the latter, promising the sort of ‘90s thriller vibe that’s become quite trendy as of late — and just the sort of thing Reeves is quite good at.
Before Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss, The Wachoswkis had some very different cast members in mind for The Matrix. The directors initially offered the roles of Neo, Morpheus and Trinity to Will Smith, Sean Connery and Janet Jackson, all of whom turned down the film. That’s just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which swallows a big, red pill with The Matrix!
The last time we saw Keanu Reeves, he was the unstoppable title character in the instant action-classic John Wick. So watching the trailer for director Eli Roth’s Knock Knock is bound to give you whiplash, as the beloved actor has never looked weaker or more vulnerable. Reeves is odd casting for an ordinary father and husband who finds himself terrorized by two insane women, but that may very well be the point. He’s the last guy we’d expect to see so thoroughly wrecked.
With the thoughtless murder of the cutest beagle puppy on the planet, a bunch of Russian mobsters awoke a slumbering giant: John Wick, played by Keanu Reeves, the world’s greatest and Keanuiest assassin. Wick, who’d retired from the hit man life to settle down with his beloved wife (who’s dead now too), destroys his tastefully decorated basement, retrieves a cache of weapons hidden under his floor, and swears revenge on the men who killed his adorable dog. That was the premise of John Wick, last year’s thoroughly satisfying action thriller from directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch.
Earlier this week, it was reported that ‘John Wick’ directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch are developing a sequel to our favorite action flick from 2014, which would see Keanu Reeves reprising his role as the brooding hero. Now it looks like a sequel might not be all we’re getting from the ‘John Wick’ universe, as Lionsgate has revealed tentative plans to make an entire franchise based on the film.
Nicolas Winding Refn’s next film already had us stoked—a female-driven horror film set in Hollywood from the director of ‘Drive’ and ‘Only God Forgives’ already sounds pretty amazing, but apparently it gets even better: the film has just added ‘Mad Men’'s Christina Hendricks and everyone’s current favorite badass, Keanu Reeves.
‘John Wick’ was perhaps the most surprising movie of 2014. It’s a movie we didn't think much of before we saw it, but after we did, we couldn't stop talking about it. The world of John Wick is one that we wanted to revisit almost immediately after the credits rolled, and now that the film is on DVD and Blu-ray, we can do that. But, what about John Wick's return in a new adventure? Directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch confirmed that they're working on a ‘John Wick 2’ and that it will “awesome.”