(WARNING: The following contains mild, largely implied SPOILERS for the recently released John Wick 2. Proceed with whatever level of caution your years of training as a gun-toting assassin suggests to you is wise.)
Now, despite spending much of his career as a cheap punchline for late night hosts and bar bores, #KeanuReeves has been having something of a critical and commercial Renaissance of late, largely off the back of the surprisingly successful #JohnWick franchise. Sure, some folks are still liable to tease Reeves for being a little stony-faced (whoa), or for having certain acting tics (whoa), but that doesn't mean that the rest of us can't appreciate him for who he is: a somewhat limited actor, who has learned to do what he can do extremely well.
And as it turns out, being a highly trained assassin named John Wick sits pretty comfortably within that category. Which, perhaps, explains why:
Keanu Reeves Already Has A Pretty Detailed Plan For 'John Wick 3'
Sure, #JohnWick2 may have only been in theaters for a little over a week, and sure, it may have "only" made $93 million worldwide in that time, but as it turns out, that's already pretty much guaranteed that the film was a highly profitable success for its producers. After all, the original John Wick only made $88 million in its entire theatrical run, but still made a solid profit thanks to its cunningly limited budget.
With John Wick Chapter 2 seemingly well on its way to doubling that gross, then, the odds of the sequel begetting a franchise are looking better by the day. And, as previously mentioned, Reeves has a plan. Specifically, as he recently mentioned during an appearance on the Empire podcast, he thinks it should go a little something like this:
"I think the opening of the film should be Wick just trying to escape from New York. Literally trying to get off the island. Maybe he asks [Laurence Fishburne's character] the Bowery King for help. Maybe John Leguizamo comes and helps me out. 'John, I can't do it, you're excommunicado!' Maybe the High Table shows up. And then the High Table starts firing guns. And then maybe this kind of thing starts to happen between the High Table and Continental? Maybe John is the activator of this confrontation, and perhaps there's a war? Wouldn't that be awesome?!"
Which, if you've seen the second movie, not only makes a fair amount of sense, but sounds like a pretty logical progression for the franchise as it takes an increasingly deep dive into the heightened mythology of Wick's world.
The bigger question now, then, may well be whether or not the film's creative team follows Reeves's lead, or goes in an entirely different direction.
What do you think, though? Would you like to see John Wick 3 follow the course Keanu Reeves has suggested? Let us know below!