Warning: Major John Wick: Chapter 2 Spoiler Ahead!
For many fans, John Wick: Chapter 2 delivered and even improved on the action and fight choreography that helped make the first film a hit. Concluding with the titular character becoming the target of every assassin in the world, most audience members probably assumed that the ending was designed to set up a third installment in the series. However, director Chad Stahelski recently revealed the real reason the film ended with a cliffhanger during an interview with Cinemablend.
Stahelski explained that the film ended with a cliffhanger because he likes what he describes as “messy endings”:
“I like messy endings. Like Shane. People are still arguing about whether he’s alive or dead. We wanted to do the same thing with John Wick. I looked at John Wick 2 like, ‘Okay, this is the last time I’ll ever direct, so is this going to be satisfying?’ [laughs] And you’re like, ‘Yeah, I’d be happy with that. He ran away, he’s on the hunt, the world’s after him. And that’s good! So if people 20 years from now come back to it, ‘Oh yeah, that’s cool — they should do a number three.’ And they’d be happy too.”
When asked if the third John Wick film, which is currently in development, would bet set immediately after Chapter 2, Stahelski played coy:
“You’ll know in a year!”
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Keanu Reeves returns in the sequel to the 2014 hit as legendary hitman John Wick who is forced to back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers.
Directed by Chad Stahelski, the film stars Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ruby Rose, John Leguizamo and Ian McShane.
John Wick: Chapter 2 is now available on Digital HD, 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD.