‘John Wick 2’ To Start Shooting

A sequel to John Wick is slated to begin production for Lionsgate this fall — which means any day now. This is terrific news.

John Wick was the sleeper hit — if an action movie can be considered a sleeper — of 2014, with Keanu Reeves in the title role of a hitman forced out of retirement to wreak destruction on an epic scale. Reeves will be back for John Wick 2, along with co-directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, and writer Derek Kolstad. It instantly became a cult favorite.

As for capturing lightning in a bottle again, Stahelski said:

“We have ideas for days and without blinking twice we know we can outdo the action from the original. It’s the matter of story and how much you like the character. That’s always the most important. If there’s great action but you have a character that no one likes and doesn’t have charisma you’re not going to watch it. Look at any great action star, whether it’s Harrison Ford or Liam Neeson or Robert Downey Jr., pick a name, you love the guy first. Good action, bad action, you just love them in action. So we want to make sure we have a story and a character that everybody loves and then we’ll dress it with action that we promise will be awesome.”

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Tom Hardy Portrays Cray-Cray Kray Twins in ‘Legend’

Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road) portrays the Kray Brothers, real-life identical twins Ronald and Reggie, who ruled the underground of London during the Swinging ’60s with a gang that dabbled in everything from protection rackets and armed robbery to murder.

Apparently Hardy is trying to make up for being the sidekick in Fury Road by playing both leads in this movie, which co-stars Emily Browning, Christopher Eccleston (the Ninth Doctor), Chazz Palminteri and David Thewlis (Remus in the Harry Potter films).

 

The story of the Krays was portrayed onscreen once before, in 1990’s The Krays, starring brothers Gary and Martin Kemp of Spandau Ballet.

Legend opens Oct. 2 in the USA.