Yesterday, we reported that Lionsgate's sequel John Wick 2 brought in a new cast member, with Common signing on, and original John Wick star Ian McShane is reprising his role as Winston, the owner of the Hotel Continental. That report revealed production was about to start this week, and as it turns out, filming has in fact started today, according to Collider and Park Slope Stoop. It isn't known how long the shoot is expected to last, but filming is currently under way in the New York borough of Brooklyn.
Park Slope Stoop spotted filming notices near the Barclays Center, with the production listed as "JW2," which the location manager confirmed is John Wick 2. The original John Wick also filmed in the Brooklyn area, including the Brooklyn Park Bridge and the restaurant Haru Sushi, which served as the exterior location for the Hotel Continental. Since Ian McShane's Winston has been confirmed to return, it's certainly likely that fans will visit this unique hotel again, which caters exclusively to assassins.
Keanu Reeves is set to reprise his title role as John Wick, with Common set to play the primary villain, the head of security for a female crime lord. Other original John Wick stars such as Lance Reddick, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Jason Isaacs and Alfie Allen have not been confirmed to reprise their roles quite yet, but with production getting under way, hopefully we'll get a official cast list soon. Lionsgate has not set a release date for John Wick 2 yet, but it may be ready for a late 2016 release, depending on how long production will take.
Chad Stahelski, who directed the original John Wick with David Leitch, is returning to take the helm on John Wick 2, although he will be directing solo. Both filmmakers had planned to tackle the sequel together, but they decided to split up for the time being, with Chad Stahelski taking on the sequel and David Leitch directing The Coldest City, which has Charlize Theron set to star. John Wick writer Derek Kolstad returned to write the script.
The original John Wick centered on the title character, a retired assassin who springs back into action after hitmen killed his dog, the last gift from his late wife. John Wick only earned $43 million domestically and $78.7 million at the worldwide box office, but it still proved profitable since it only cost $20 million to make. Take a look at the production notice posted in Brooklyn below, and stay tuned for more on John Wick 2.