Oral Histories

How Keanu Reeves and Chad Stahelski Expanded the John Wick Universe with Chapter 2 and 3

Send him to Rome! Bring in Laurence Fishburne! Intensify the action... a lot! In a special oral history, the actor and director break down how they built up the John Wick universe.

by | May 9, 2019 | Comments

“There’s not supposed to be a sequel.” That was the first thought director Chad Stahelski had when approached to make a second film about the stylish, vengeful assassin, John Wick. But both he and star and collaborator Keanu Reeves were up for the challenge. The two set to work immediately on continuing the story and expanding both the universe of the film and the character at its center. Wick can use sign language, they decided, and he could speak Italian, and, they were going to take the story to Rome. Because, why not? There would be blood oaths and shifting allegiances and an epic fight between Keanu Reeves and Common because… why not? It was that attitude, that almost anything was possible with this world and this character, that drove the evolution of the John Wick series from Chapter 2 and right into Chapter 3 – Parabellum, releaseing this month. In this exclusive extended interview, Reeves and Stahelski – who directed the Wick sequels solo after co-directing the first film with David Leitch – reveal how they developed the sequel ideas, upped the action ante, and convinced their old friend Laurence Fishburne, with whom both had worked on The Matrix, to join them for the ride. (In the process, they doubled the box office of the original film.) Plus, the pair offer new insights into Chapter 3, detailing Halle Berry’s arrival in the John Wick universe and sharing which new action scene they love the most.


John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum opens in theaters on May 17.

Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.

Tag Cloud

werewolf cops 4/20 Opinion twilight documentaries films Rom-Com SDCC Emmy Nominations DC Universe Calendar Sundance obituary CMT children's TV mockumentary NYCC comedies Spring TV Summer A&E Extras canceled vampires name the review Ovation DGA TCA thriller green book renewed TV shows Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Photos Lionsgate Premiere Dates venice festivals independent dceu Funimation finale Turner rotten movies we love Heroines south america Paramount Network Hallmark GLAAD Academy Awards Masterpiece diversity IFC Shondaland Watching Series foreign Comic Book Spectrum Originals spider-man Polls and Games Cartoon Network Mary poppins talk show Toys VH1 MSNBC political drama Countdown SXSW news Britbox medical drama First Look psychological thriller Captain marvel Anna Paquin CW Seed quibi ABC Family Music scary movies worst sports Fantasy Mudbound DC Comics emmy awards period drama Dark Horse Comics Showtime movies stand-up comedy Pixar Animation El Rey Sony Pictures series Nominations TCA Winter 2020 Tumblr Disney streaming service History Marvel Television hispanic HBO Max technology video on demand game of thrones slashers Epix Travel Channel NBC festival First Reviews 007 sag awards APB Universal Netflix docudrama TCA Awards Apple TV+ robots Marvel Drama HBO franchise Christmas TBS 2018 Pride Month Spike Sneak Peek TCM Brie Larson serial killer nature discovery Pet Sematary singing competition Winners See It Skip It Apple hist 2017 CBS All Access Amazon Prime Video 2020 latino Interview A24 Fall TV YouTube Amazon Baby Yoda scorecard TNT aliens RT History indie VICE 21st Century Fox Reality Awards Tour science fiction cars YA critics Musical space Infographic transformers satire game show blaxploitation spain Emmys Horror WarnerMedia GIFs Warner Bros. casting fast and furious USA Network Columbia Pictures Disney Star Trek Sundance TV Set visit Tarantino ESPN Esquire TruTV Nickelodeon justice league television Election MCU Martial Arts X-Men 2016 Grammys natural history rotten award winner movie Comedy golden globes Star Wars remakes streaming child's play Mystery 20th Century Fox stop motion BET facebook versus Winter TV Fox News crime thriller toy story CBS Trailer indiana jones Ellie Kemper binge Musicals cooking supernatural Bravo Vudu Action mutant Superheroe OneApp Schedule YouTube Red christmas movies FX on Hulu Lifetime Christmas movies strong female leads Black Mirror hollywood 72 Emmy Awards 24 frames universal monsters zero dark thirty TV Land batman cancelled TV shows Mindy Kaling Country cats a nightmare on elm street travel cinemax Family Acorn TV ABC reviews Television Critics Association San Diego Comic-Con all-time Trivia Podcast Lucasfilm Chilling Adventures of Sabrina sitcom RT21 Reality Competition sequel toronto Red Carpet Disney+ Disney Plus Awards MTV 71st Emmy Awards spinoff dramedy laika Cannes cults The Witch DirecTV Trophy Talk boxoffice Comics on TV dc BET Awards Apple TV Plus Thanksgiving Disney Plus Freeform IFC Films PBS Women's History Month Rock The Arrangement comiccon dark cancelled TV series cartoon Pop TV Chernobyl TV renewals sequels dragons Syfy GoT superhero Lifetime Adult Swim Discovery Channel Amazon Studios 2019 breaking bad BAFTA mission: impossible Cosplay kids Amazon Prime joker Ghostbusters SundanceTV Box Office Sci-Fi Stephen King Writers Guild of America classics cancelled Superheroes Binge Guide Disney Channel police drama best unscripted American Society of Cinematographers stoner screen actors guild crime drama E3 Arrowverse cancelled television PlayStation Mary Poppins Returns Marvel Studios Video Games crime dogs ratings social media biography Character Guide doctor who asian-american book OWN crossover Creative Arts Emmys halloween Film Festival Rocketman miniseries New York Comic Con LGBT Holidays TLC comic criterion animated Paramount The Purge Oscars Classic Film romantic comedy Certified Fresh Black History Month LGBTQ spanish language Tomatazos Pop Crunchyroll Endgame Television Academy TCA 2017 elevated horror DC streaming service nfl USA The CW theme song Western football adventure disaster Peacock CNN nbcuniversal video romance zombie Song of Ice and Fire jamie lee curtis FX politics AMC Walt Disney Pictures Hulu VOD FXX Tubi war FOX true crime Hear Us Out worst movies Film Holiday concert TIFF Hallmark Christmas movies Nat Geo psycho Kids & Family Quiz witnail teaser what to watch Sundance Now 45 Pirates tv talk spy thriller Mary Tyler Moore Avengers National Geographic President Year in Review Food Network anthology BBC America adaptation Marathons Comedy Central Netflix Christmas movies reboot parents Rocky zombies Shudder Elton John free movies composers Best and Worst revenge 2015 Biopics directors chucky documentary blockbuster Super Bowl Crackle TV Turner Classic Movies BBC One Teen YouTube Premium screenings PaleyFest The Walking Dead richard e. Grant Valentine's Day WGN historical drama based on movie canceled TV shows harry potter ITV anime Logo E! die hard HBO Go ghosts BBC comics Starz