9 Things We Learned at the 'John Wick: Chapter 2' NYCC Panelby IMDb-Contributing-Writers | last updated - 13 Oct 2016
IMDb attended the John Wick: Chapter 2 panel at New York Comic Con with director Chad Stahelski, producer Basil Iwanyk, screenwriter Derek Kolstad, Ian McShane (Winston), Common, and Keanu Reeves (John Wick). Everyone was there to discuss the next installment in the John Wick franchise — out February 10, 2017. Here are 9 things we learned at the panel. — Carson Blackwelder
Keanu Reeves (John Wick) was surprised the first John Wick was such a big hit.
At the very beginning of the panel, Keanu Reeves admitted that he was a little taken aback but thrilled that the first movie was such an unexpected hit. “We thought it was cool … [but] we had the opportunity to do [a sequel] because of you,” the 47-year-old actor said. “I really liked putting this suit back on, and getting to do what John Wick gets to do.”
There’s a big Matrix reunion happening within the movie.
Reeves and director Chad Stahelski — who was part of the stunt team for the Matrix trilogy — are together again for John Wick: Chapter 2, but the teaser trailer revealed the addition of another familiar face: Laurence Fishburne! Stahelski said Fishburne’s character and Wick are “pseudo allies in the movie” but didn’t give many more details except that the part “was written with Laurence in mind.” Reeves recalled seeing Fishburne at an event where his former co-star said how much he enjoyed the first John Wick. After a few emails, Fishburne had signed up for the sequel.
There’s very little downtime between the first and second movies — literally.
Screenwriter Derek Kolstad, revealed that the sequel picks up “arguably a week after the first one” and later clarifying that it’s more like “four days.” And already, with Wick officially back in the assassination game, people are coming for him. “The one thing that we [held] onto is that there’s this item called The Marker, which is regulated by The Continental,” Kolstad explained. “It’s kind of a blood oath — John Wick gave someone the ultimate request so that he could get out alive, and because he has resurfaced, they have resurfaced to actually cash it in.”
Our favorite hitman gets a new dog — but will it survive?
Producer Basil Iwanyk admits that the first question he gets asked from fans of the first movie about the second is: “You’re gonna kill the dog again?” Well, the producer is remaining mum on whether or not the dog we see in the teaser trailer will fare any better than Wick’s last pup because he wasn’t sure if Lionsgate had given them the OK to reveal the furry friend’s fate. Iwanyk went on to tease that they kill about 80 Italians in the movie to which McShane offered up the tagline: “No Italians were injured during the making of this movie.” But what about dogs?!
We still don’t know exactly who Common is playing.
Common revealed that his character “is not necessarily a villain, but…” — leaving the motives of this newcomer still up in the air. Reeves piled on the non-spoiler details: “We have a disagreement … we have different points of view.” From the teaser trailer we see Common’s character and Wick having a shootout and Reeves later said the newbie is part of the world of The Continental. Proving that these two had fun while filming, Common added: “I love being in a scene with him because we’re both competing, but this is the champ.”
The scope of this film will be even bigger than the first.
Reeves gave a few teases about what we can expect story-wise from the sequel, saying that it “gets a little more international” with them going to Rome, we will “learn a little bit more about the world of The Continental,” and that we’re “introduced to a new layer with a group called the High Table.” Plus, we’ll get a little more information about Wick’s backstory than we got in the first. New location, new mysterious organization, and an expanded universe? Count us in.
Ian McShane (Winston) will be the “grounding” for the film.
We should expect much of the same from the character of Winston, played by Ian McShane. “I’m still running the hotel! Everyone else is dead,” McShane teased. “Assassins never stop, you know? They come and they go. Winston provides a sort of grounding for the film.” In addition, Winston still thinks of Wick as his favorite assassin and forgives him for all of the “naughty” things that went on at the hotel in the first film.
There will be even more action and more stunts.
For those of you who were into all of the fighting in the first film, get ready to see that one-upped in the sequel. “Just like the character, we tried to choreograph the action sequences to show that John is just an unrelenting force of nature,” Stahelski teased, promising more gun-fu and tactical gun work. “And, of course, Mr. Reeves is driving the hell out of his Mustang.”
Even 90-year-old women are fans of John Wick.
Kolstad said that writing the film was a “throwback” to the movies that he loved that let the audience “know the stakes in the first 10 minutes” and that “innocence lost, the devil has an excuse to get back into the game.” Plus, Kolstad admitted that he’s gotten lots of emails from 90-year-old women who are telling him they haven’t seen an R-rated film in years.