Yesterday, a shocking piece of news was unleashed upon the world: Donald Trump’s 2005 income tax papers finally proved that rich people pay much less percentage-wise than you and me and that tax changes he’s trying to get approved will allow people like him to pay even less! And then, Hollywood responded with some shocking news of its own. The Hollywood Reporter broke a huge entertainment news story: Warner Bros is developing a reboot of The Matrix without the involvement of original franchise creators Lilly and Lana Wachowski and possibly starring Michael B. Jordan.
My immediate response is that this is a horrible idea. After dwelling on it, I compiled a list of reasons to leave this franchise alone…and then decided to play devil’s advocate and also look at the reasons why The Matrix should be rebooted.
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After the success of John Wick: Chapter Two, it’s fair to say more than a few people are already anticipating John Wick: Chapter 3. Director Chad Stahelski, writer Derek Kolstad, and Keanu Reeves have expressed the desire to return their glossy and violent world of assassins. They’ve shared ideas for where they’d like to see Mr. Wick go next, including Tokyo, Jerusalem, or some other part of the world.
Reeves recently spitballed a few more ideas for John Wick 3. Below, read Keanu Reeves’ John Wick 3 idea and learn where he wants to take the action franchise.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2 aren’t just good action movies – they’re perfect action movies. And they’re more than that – they’re great movies, filled with character and humor and detail that rewards careful consideration and thought. They also feature Keanu Reeves shooting so many people in the face, but that’s just the appetizer. Come for the violence (and there’s plenty of that), but linger for two of the most magical and beautifully realized genre movies of all time.
So let’s take a deep dive into these movies and dissect them. Let’s figure out what makes these movies so good and how they utilize Reeves so well, and explore their debt to everything from silent comedies to ancient mythology. Because the John Wick movies aren’t just a ton of fun – they’re art.
Spoilers for both movies lie ahead.
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Like many of you, John Wick kicked my ass when it was released in 2014. I went into John Wick: Chapter 2 expecting to be amazed with the fight scenes (which I was), but I has not anticipated that I would walk out of the theater talking about the worldbuilding of this new film. John Wick 3 is already in development, and I’m very excited to see more chapters in this world.
Lets take a look at what may await us in John Wick: Chapter 3, pieced together from interview comments from director Chad Stahelski, screenwriter Derek Kolstad, actor Keanu Reeves, and more.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
I’m certain J.J. Perry can kill me. Not just because he’s an intense, athletic man who worked as the stunt coordinator on John Wick: Chapter 2, a movie that is all about Keanu Reeves killing every single bad guy unfortunate enough to stand in the way of his fists and bullets. I know this because during the course of our interview, he tells me exactly how he’d kill me, using the objects in the room, if necessary.
I’m also certain that director Chad Stahelksi could kill me, but he’s a bit too polite, a bit too mild-mannered, to give me the gory details. After all, he was a stunt performer and stunt coordinator before he helmed both John Wick movies. He even worked as Keanu Reeves’ stunt double on The Matrix, laying the groundwork for their current collaboration.
John Wick: Chapter 2 is everything you want in a John Wick sequel: it’s crazier, funnier, bloodier, and more packed with bizarre, wonderful little details. And because we planned for this interview with Stahelski and Perry to go up after the film’s release, we were able to delve into all kinds of spoilers.
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Posted on Monday, February 13th, 2017 by Angie Han
Ana Lily Amirpour‘s debut feature, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, felt simultaneously fresh and familiar: it borrowed from the iconography of several decades’ worth of cinema, but it combined those elements in a way we’d never quite seen before. Her sophomore effort, The Bad Batch, looks every bit as attention-grabbing. Suki Waterhouse and Jason Momoa star as two very different people whose paths collide in a dusty dystopia overrun by cannibals, while Keanu Reeves shows up late in the game as a charismatic cult leader.
If that description doesn’t pique your interest, I can’t help you — this movie might just be Not Your Thing. But if it entices you, click through to get a little taste of this weird, colorful world that’s equal parts Mad Max and Spring Breakers. Watch the first The Bad Batch teaser trailer below. Read More »
This weekend, John Wick stormed back into theaters, and with an estimated $30 million and some change raked in for its opening weekend, John Wick: Chapter 2 has more than double the opening weekend of its predecessor. That just goes to show you how the audiences has grown since the first film, something that usually doesn’t happen with sequels like this.
Along with a higher box office, Keanu Reeves also took out even more bad guys this time. The original movie gave John Wick a kill count of 84, as confirmed by co-director David Leitch, but the John Wick 2 kill count increased that by about 50%, proving why you don’t stab the devil in the back. Read More »
Keanu Reeves is going to play an American NASCAR driver down in the dumps. Almost a year and a half ago, the John Wick: Chapter Two star became interested in Rally, an action-comedy prominently set in China. Reeves’ character gets a second chance at greatness when he enters an international race across China.
Below, learn more about the new Keanu Reeves NASCAR movie.
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In 2012, screenwriter Derek Kolstad was working on a spec script called Scorn. Soon after he finished it, three offers came in. Kolstad took the lowest offer from Thunder Road Pictures because they were adamant about making the movie as soon as possible. Within a few months, the title was changed to John Wick and Keanu Reeves was onboard to star as the unstoppable dog-friendly assassin.
It was Reeves, by the way, whose idea it was to call the movie John Wick.
Two and a half years later, we’re getting its sequel, John Wick: Chapter 2, which has a slightly different tone and pace but is still pure John Wick. It’s bigger, more stylish, and more personal. There’s still a dilemma for the titular character that isn’t half-baked. Can a guy like that ever truly leave behind his past? It’s a question Kolstad and director Chad Stahelski take the time to explore in the visual splendor of John Wick: Chapter 2.
At the press day for the sequel, Kolstad discussed world building, his favorite action movies, writing for Keanu Reeves, and more with us. Below, check out our Derek Kolstad interview.
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John Wick: Chapter 2 isn’t a sequel that delivers more of the same. There are familiarities, but it’s more like the same engine in a slightly bigger, more stylish, and more aggressive car. The simplicity of the first movie remains, but the titular character finds himself in a larger and more dangerous world this time. The world, which takes a few ideas from Arthurian mythology, grows along with John Wick in the sequel.
Director Chad Stahelski, who co-directed the first movie with the uncredited David Leitch (Deadpool 2), shows audiences a different side of the character, while also delivering on the quality action sequences audiences now expect from a John Wick film. The director ups the stakes and increases the scale in the sequel without ever abandoning the titular character’s arc during all the beautifully orchestrated madness.
We recently spoke with the 87eleven co-founder at the press day for the sequel. We discussed finding the right story to tell, the film’s opening and closing action scenes, the influence of Buster Keaton, workshopping scenes with Keanu Reeves, and more with the filmmaker. Below, read our Chad Stahelski interview.
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