Making the follow-up to a successful film isn’t easy. Just ask Chad Stahelski. When the time came to make a sequel for “John Wick,” the director struggled initially. But eventually, everything lined up perfectly. So, where did he look for inspiration?
In an interview with Collider, Stahelski revealed that James Cameron’s “Aliens” actually inspired him while he was making “John Wick: Chapter 2.”
Stahelski talked about how the Wachowskis (Lana and Lilly) initially disliked the idea of making sequels for “The Matrix” because it was going to be difficult to compete with the first film’s originality. For “John Wick: Chapter 2,” he decided that he does not want to worry about the comparisons so he decided to do what Cameron did with “Aliens.” He decided to just make the film without looking at the rear-view mirror.
“We decided to stop competing with the first one. Once we stopped worrying about ourselves it was fun. I mean is it as good as the first one? I don’t know. Did we go better in some ways? Yes. Did we experiment with the characters more? Yes. Everything there is better. Is the enjoyment better? I think the enjoyment is there, but it’s different.”
He went on to say that Ridley Scott’s “Alien” might have set a high bar for any sequel, however, Cameron just went on ahead made “Aliens” just as good. He said Cameron was a genius for doing that. Based on what he said, it sounds like Stahelski dares to do things a little differently this time around.
The film franchise has a bright future ahead with a third film already under development. John Wick (Keanu Reeves) probably won’t get a chance to retire and take his dog for a walk.
Can Stahelski break the “curse of the sequel”? Find out when “John Wick: Chapter 2” premieres on Feb. 10, 2017.