Watch These Movies Before ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’‘Fortnite’s’ John Wick Mode Is The Deadliest Crossover… Stay on target We became John Wick, then we watched John Wick himself, Keanu Reeves, talk up the new movie sequel John Wick: Chapter 2 at New York Comic Con.Reeves was joined by director Chad Stahelski, producer Basil Iwanyk, screenwriter Derek Kolstad, and actors Ian McShane and Common onstage at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Grae Drake, senior editor of Rotten Tomatoes, moderated the panel.After tons of cheering for “Baba Yaga”, and some reminiscing over the first movie (“You do NOT kill a man’s dog his dead wife gave him!” Drake recounted a fellow theatergoer yelling), the panel didn’t waste any time getting under way.On getting back into the suit…Keanu Reeves: We made the first film, and we thought it was cool. We were trying to do something new and fresh. And coming back, we had the opportunity because of you, so to be able to tell the next chapter, for me it’s really exciting to be here with you, to get he chance to work with Common, Ian McShane… I really liked putting this suit back on and getting to do what John Wick gets to do.On stunts…Chad Stahelski: Just like the character, we tried to choreograph the action sequences to show that John is just an unrelenting force of nature… Judo, sambo, jiu-jitsu, gun-fu, tactical gun work and stuff, and of course, Mr. Reeves is driving the hell out of his Mustang.The sizzle reel…Con-goers were treated to brief video that showed off some behind-the-scenes action that even made director Chad Stahelski’s jaw drop. Keanu Reeves hit every single target with a shotgun during tactical training, nailed takes while shooting, and generally rocked. “It’s been fun to get back in the suit for John Wick,” Reeves said in the clip. “He either keeps trying until it’s resolved or he shoots you in the face.” We also saw a few more snippets of Ian McShane as Winston and Common and Ruby Rose as mystery assassins.On Winston…Ian McShane: Winston, he’s got a shady past. But John Wick is his favorite assassin! There’s a little bias there. And Winston sort of runs this hotel. You mustn’t do anything naughty there, or else you’re banished from this hotel. Winston has as a special affinity for John… Assassins come and go! I think I’m still the last one left alive from the last one. Except Lance [Reddick], who runs the hotel.On Common joining the cast…Common: Well, first of all, I was super-excited to be part of this John Wick movement. When I saw the first one, I was like, ‘Wow, this is some real cool shit right here.’ It took me to a world. It made me enjoy everything about movies, was in John Wick. When Chad was like, ‘We might want you for John Wick,’ I was like, ‘Please let me in this!’ This is the highest level movie I have been in. Gun-fu, as we say, all these new techniques and styles of fighting. And working with Keanu, his intensity, his drive! I love being in a scene with him. We’re both competing, but he is the champ, he is the champ! You’re reaching for the champ when you’re competing. This is the highest level!On who Common might be…Common: My character is not necessarily a villain, but…Keanu Reeves: We have a disagreement. We have different points of view.Common: Yeah that’s it, you got it. It’s an assassin’s love story.Keanu Reeves: There’s a thin line between love and hate.On why, John Wick is back after the events of the first movie…Derek Kolstad: Chapter 2 takes place arguably a week after the first one. One of the things we love about that is the fact that there’s this item called The Marker, which is regulated by The Continental [Hotel from the first movie]. It’s kind of a blood oath, which means John Wick gave someone the ultimate request, and because Wick has resurfaced, they have resurfaced to cash it in. But John Wick has changed…On John’s new best friend…Basil Iwanyk: Every time, every person who’s asked me, the first question is, ‘You’re gonna kill the dog again?’ I can’t give a spoiler alert. Needless to say that we killed about 80 Italians in the movie, and you guys will see what happens to the dog. I’m not sure if Lionsgate said we can say what happens to the dog or not.[crowd reacts with a universal “OH NO!!!!”]Basil Iwanyk: We can’t tell what happens in the movie!Ian McShane: No Italians were injured during the making of this movie!Then Reeves introduced the new trailer. “They showed a little bit of sizzle before, but Chad and the folks put together something called a teaser trailer,” Reeves got up out of his seat to strike a pose, “and it rocks!” After the trailer, which showed images of John Wick in midtown Manhattan and the city of Rome, and, surprisingly, Laurence Fishburne, the panel resumed.On the Matrix reunion…Chad Stahelski: I’m a big fan of character actors and great performers. We tried to round out the cast with more iconic assassins…which leads to John Wick’s, one of his pseudo allies, Laurence Fishburne. Keanu, myself and Laurence all worked together on the Matrix trilogy. When Derek had written the character that Laurence plays in the script, it was written for Laurence in mind.Keanu Reeves: We met at a social function, and [Laurence] was like, ‘Hey man, I really liked John Wick.’ And I was like, ‘Oh yeah?’Chad Stahelski: It was an email here, an email there, and he met Keanu in New York, and that was our Matrix reunion.Why John Wick resonates so much with audiences…Derek Kolstad: When I wrote the first draft… It’s a throwback to movies I love, like Point Blank, Ronin, Three Days of the Condors, when you know the stakes in the first ten minutes. Innocence lost, the devil has an excuse to get back into the game. You won’t believe the number of 90-year-old women who emailed me and said they haven’t seen an R-rated movie in years.On the possibility of more backstory…Keanu Reeves: [in a weird voice] Yes… tentatively. That was my Christopher Walken. Yes. Maybe. Yes! We learn a little bit more about the world of The Continental. Common plays a character part of that world. Ian’s role, Winston’s’ role, gets a little more international. We got o Rome, and we’re introduced to another layer, about a kind of group called the High Table. It gets to a little more out-there… a little more, a little more. Yeah! You find lot a little more about John Wick.Look forward to John Wick: Chapter 2 when it kill us all on February 10, 2017. It’s gonna be great!