‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ Director Compares Film To Greek Mythology

'John Wick: Chapter 2' director Chad Stahelski discusses the film's Greek mythology references and comments on setting the film in Rome.


Among the intense action sequences and the impressive fight choreography in John Wick were a number of references to Greek mythology, including the gold coins for the concierge named Charon. In an interview with SFX magazine, director Chad Stahelski revealed that the sequel, John Wick: Chapter 2, will expand on the Greek allegories with the film’s criminal underworld.

Stahelski explained how New York city inspired the idea of incorporating Greek myths into the first film.

“[T]he Continental would be like the underworld. New York is a great city, because it feels like you’re underground, even though you’re on the street level because of the high rise and depth of the city. So we were just like, ‘OK. The underworld has Hades – you know, the different gatekeepers of it. And everyone’s a different kind of god that takes care of a different kind of service’. So we went back and looked at the script like that and broke it down to iconic things like the gold coins, like talismans. The guns obviously become swords. The suits become armour.”

Stahelski discussed the decision to set the sequel in Rome.

“[Rome has] a much older history. If anything, it grounds and gives our world a lot more history and folklore than we could have done in America. If anything, it’s the most expansive thing you could do for the world, because it shows you it’s been around a lot longer than just the United States. And when you say ‘myth’, it doesn’t just mean ‘ancient’; it means there’s a lot of roots to the story. John Wick is just passing through.”

Are you excited to see John Wick: Chapter 2 expand on the Greek myth references? Share your thoughts below!

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 will be released in theaters on February 10, 2017.

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