Even though I am not a huge fan of sequels, I am extremely excited to hear this news. Lionsgate announced earlier this week that it plans to produce a sequel to the surprise 2014 hit, John Wick. The revenge thriller, which stars the wonderful Keanu Reeves, was a huge hit with fans and critics last year.
Jason Constantine, President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions at Lionsgate, released the following statement…
“With such tremendous fan and critical support for ‘John Wick,’ we knew that there was still so much more of this story to tell. We are thrilled that Keanu, David and Chad have re-teamed with us and promise to bring audiences even more excitement the second time around.”
The film earned $78 million worldwide on a $20 million budget. That’s a pretty good return, but it wasn’t enough money to make a sequel seem likely.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I am not usually a fan of sequels. Mainly because that’s the only thing Hollywood is feeding us right now. However, the situation is a little bit different with John Wick. It wasn’t a big budget film.
I don’t think anyone expected this R-rated action movie to get a sequel, and that’s why I am supportive of this project. The people behind John Wick made a film they were proud of, released it to the world, and the audience loved every minute of it.
It’s a success story. I like success stories, especially when they involve a good guy like Keanu Reeves.