Collider sat down with Chad Stahelski, director of John Wick and John Wick Chapter 2, to discuss the release of John Wick Chapter 2 to home video as well as the status of John Wick Chapter 3. They also discussed the possibility that another director may be involved in the third film based on Stahleski’s busy schedule thanks to his involvement in the Highlander reboot.
Talking about the pre-production status:
“Yeah — we’re currently in the middle of writing it right now,” Stahelski said of the film’s status, and it seems like the film pretty much has a greenlight; it’s just waiting on the filmmakers to get everything into place. When asked when they might start filming, Stahelski replied, “It’s more of a how fast can we get our shit together. But I would assume that if not by the end of this year, the beginning of next year.”
That’s exciting news. I loved both films. While Chapter 2 had less of the emotional pull of the first film, the action was top notch and exciting. It’s great to see an action film rely on actual fighting and not fighting on wires. While the John Wick films did have moments of CGI, those moments were relegated to a few scenes mostly involving people getting hit with cars. For too long, Hollywood has relied on over the top action and CGI for films like this. When done good, I won’t complain. You think of movies like The Matrix that helped popularize that type of action and you have an example of how to use that type of technology for action sequences. The problem for me comes when so many people want to copy what they saw in those films. It ends up getting boring, diluted. Too much of a good thing will spoil it for you. Taking action movies back to a more realistic style, similar to movies in the 70’s like Enter The Dragon and Bullitt is a nice reprieve from wire work.
Talking about what we could expect from John Wick Chapter 3:
“We want, not so much to go bigger on the third one, but to show you more of the intricacies of the world… I feel like there are all these different subtleties that I skipped over in Number Two, that I’d like to go back to on [chapter three] and show you the inner workings of different parts of New York. So rather than massive set pieces, I’d like to show you cooler and more intricate ones… I think it would be a mistake budget wise and creatively to just go big and blow up a freeway. That’s not our gig. That’s a comic book or a Bond gig. We want to show you cool and intricate details. What are those little details in everyday life? Hopefully – we make people look at garbage collectors and cleaner vans and homeless people a little differently now.”
So what do you think? Are you excited to hear that John Wick Chapter 3 is in the works? What would you like them to explore in the third movie? Sound off in the comments section below.
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