Looks like there’s even more vengeance to be had by hitman John Wick. Lionsgate has announced that the 2014 revenge-thriller “John Wick” will receive a sequel — and pretty much the entire team behind the surprise hit is returning for one more job. In addition to leading man Keanu Reeves, who will reprise his role as Wick, directors directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski will return to helm the film and screenwriter Derek Kolstad has signed on to pen the character’s next mission.
With a budget of only $20 million, “John Wick” surprised the studio with its solid $14.4M opening and lifetime domestic gross of $43M. The film’s worldwide haul totaled $78.7M — almost four times the film’s budget.
“With such tremendous fan and critical support for ‘John Wick,’ we knew that there was still so much more of this story to tell,” Jason Constantine, President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions at Lionsgate, said in a statement. “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 directing duo first mentioned the possibility of a sequel back in February in an interview with Movies.com. Leitch and Stahelski will have to find time on their schedule for “John Wick 2,” which does not yet have a release date. The pair are also attached to direct the feature film adaptation of Valiant Entertaiment’s “Bloodshot,” which is due in 2017.
(via The Wrap)
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