Keanu Reeves is about to put on a sharp suit once again for the sequel to 2014 the sleeper success John Wick, in which Reeves played a back-from-retirement assassin on a mission of personal vengeance.
Chad Stahelski is back to direct and presumably oversee the film’s action scenes — a big part of the popularity of John Wick in the first place was the great action and stunt work put together by Leitch and Stahelski, who spent much of their career in the stunt realm.
[Update: While we originally reported that David Leitch would co-direct with Stahelski, following the way in which the two made the first film, Collider now reports that Stahelski will direct John Wick 2 solo. Leitch will be credited as an exec producer.]
Now it looks like the John Wick 2 shoot date is set for this fall, as announced by production company Thunder Road. Read More »
Posted on Monday, May 11th, 2015 by Angie Han
It seems everyone wants a piece of David Leitch and Chad Stahelski these days. Ever since the success of John Wick, the directing duo has seen their to-do list balloon to include such high-profile projects as Bloodshot and John Wick 2. Now here’s one more to add to the pile: The Coldest City, a spy thriller to star Charlize Theron.
Get all the details on Leitch and Stahelski’s new Charlize Theron Coldest City project after the jump. Read More »
He’s thinking he’s back (again)! Keanu Reeves will reload as vengeful former assassin John Wick in John Wick 2, and, even better, he won’t be working under the direction of a new filmmaker. The original creative team of David Leitch and Chad Stahelski are also back, with screenwriter Derek Kolstad set to return to script. Read More »
We recently heard that Valiant Entertainment scored millions to turn Valiant comic book series like Bloodshot, Harbinger and Archer & Armstrong into film franchises. Now Valiant has announced a five-picture deal with Sony Pictures, which will bring two series, Bloodshot and Harbinger, to theaters starting in 2017.
Eric Heisserer (The Thing, Story of Your Life) is working on scripts for both, and the Bloodshot movie director — sorry, directors — will be David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, who made John Wick. Read More »
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There are many DC superhero movies coming in the next few years, but not that many directors attached. Zack Snyder will do the Justice League films, David Ayer is doing Suicide Squad and Michelle MacLaren is directing Wonder Woman. Beyond that, the rumors have started to swirl. Apparently Phil Lord and Chris Miller are on a wish list to do The Flash. Now word has leaked that Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, the stunt coordinators-turned-directors who made John Wick, are also being sought to direct a DC film. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 by Angie Han
John Wick is thinking he’s back, again. Directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch have revealed that they’re in development on a sequel to the 2014 Keanu Reeves thriller, although details are scarce at the moment. After the jump, read their comments on a John Wick sequel. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 29th, 2015 by Angie Han
The filmmakers behind one of 2014’s best action films could be teaming up with one of 2014’s best action stars. John Wick helmers David Leitch and Chad Stahelski are being eyed to direct Cowboy Ninja Viking, a comic book adaptation to star Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Chris Pratt.
More on the potential Cowboy Ninja Viking directors after the jump. Read More »
Ninety percent of action movies are derivative. Carbon copies of better movies that came before them. They can be enjoyable, but are often forgettable. Then there’s the other ten percent. Those movies are something special. They originate and innovate, and rise about the rest by being different and surprising. However, by definition, even the best of the best employ many of the same beats. Punching, kicking, shooting, and explosions are the building blocks of an action movie. The ninety percent use them in ways we’ve seen before. The rest mix them up in ways we don’t expect. John Wick is among the ten percent.
In the first film by accomplished stunt coordinators Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, Keanu Reeves stars as an unstoppable assassin hell-bent on revenge after thugs steal his car and kill his dog. We’ve seen the assassin revenge story a hundred times, but John Wick feels different because it’s set in a unique, dirty, and lived-in world. Everyone has a reputation. Connections. They know each other. This is a place with a rich history simmering below the surface action of guns, choke holds and car crashes. What makes John Wick a standout action film is that it makes us curious. Read More »
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Keanu Reeves is getting a TV show. He’s producing and starring in the hour-long series Rain, based on the novel series by Barry Eisler. The show is described as a “globe-trotting action drama,” which is also being produced by his John Wick directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch. Read More »
On November 1st 2012, I visited the set of The Wolverine in Sydney, Australia. To give you an idea of the timeline of my visit, Hurricane Sandy had just wreaked havoc in New York, and I woke up early one morning from the constant noises coming from my computer because I was getting so many notices of the breaking news that Disney had purchased LucasFilm and was making more Star Wars movies.
It is five in the morning and I’m standing in a street lined with Japanese houses covered with snow. The elaborate set was built in a huge parking lot that was built for the 2000 Olympic games. Flakes of snow fall as ninjas run and ride motorcycles along the rooftops. Hugh Jackman is hanging off the top of a snow plow as it barrels down the street, away from a crowd of masked ninjas. Jackman, employing safety harnesses, flips to his feet on top of the snowplow and “activates” his claws. The second unit director calls “cut”, and Hugh notices our little grouping of press off in the corner and yells out “So you guys a pulling an all nighter? Why don’t you put some ninja suits on and get in the action?”
After the jump you will find a compilation of interesting facts I learned while visiting the set.
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