We are less than a week away until John Wick: Parabellum hits theatre screens, and the film has already generated favorable scores on Metacritic with an average of 74 and a critically acclaimed approval rating of 98% on Rotten Tomatoes.
John Wick was intended to be a franchise even before the first film, which evidently helped catapulted creator and screenwriter Derek Kolstad and director and stunt coordinator Chad Stahelski. The first two films were both critically and commercially successful in which the first one grossed about $88.8 million worldwide while holding an 87% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes while the second one made $171.2 million worldwide with an 89% rating.
It’s kind of a funny story about how a man who went from being a former hitman coming out of retirement seeking vengeance against those who stole his car and killed his dog to becoming a target of the world’s top assassins with a $14 million global bounty on his head.
We’d be lying if we told you the action sequences weren’t the biggest draws for us. The series has managed to accumulate a massive fan base where they are so engrossed with the series that they don’t want it to end. And it appears their wish may have been granted according to Ian McShane who plays the character Winston from the second and third movie.
About four weeks prior to this writing, McShane told Collider that the series has enough potential and momentum to carry on for 10 or more years:
“Probably in 10 years, John Wick would still be going. You never know, Keanu might be running the [Continental] hotel and everything by then. John Wick, the world of John Wick is being explored in the next one. That will be more about the High Table, you find out more about him, his background, whatever. Preparing for who knows what the hell will happen next time. It gets bigger. I think you’ll enjoy that too.”
If a co-star’s words aren’t enough to hang on to, perhaps confirmation from the main lead himself can better suffice. In a recent interview with GQ Keanu Reeves himself says that he isn’t unhappy playing the main character and further states that he’ll play the eponymous hitman as many times as he can, provided the demand is there:
“As far as my legs can take me,” he says. “As far as the audience wants to go.”
There’s something about these ridiculous, gun-flooded movies that appeal to Reeves to which he states:
“He's got this beautiful, tragic conundrum—these two selves,” says Reeves. “The John who was married, and John Wick, the assassin. John wants to be free. But the only way he knows how is through John Wick. And John Wick keeps f***king killing people and breaking rules. We're really watching a person fight for their life and their soul.”
Sounds like Reeves is game for plenty more reprisals, speaking of which, a TV adaptation is underway in which he’s still assuming the lead role with Chad Stahelski and writer Derek Kolstad as the creators. Other than that, there’s also an upcoming video-game based on the series as well as a comic-book adaptation. What more could we possibly want?Disclaimer : The views expressed in this article belong to the writer and are not necessarily shared by trinikid.com