The sequel to last year's John Wick is currently shooting in New York City, and thanks to a couple of set hounds, the first behind-the-scenes footage of the film has landed online.
There are two videos and a series of photos that various people have uploaded online, and while there's no context for any of the material, some of it could be considered a spoiler. Consider yourself warned.
In the first video, posted by Entertainment Factor, Wick (played by Keanu Reeves) can be seen leaving some kind of establishment, when he turns around and notices there's a guy following him. He immediately breaks out into fight mode and skillfully takes down a few other surreptitious men hiding around a corner.
One of the best aspects of the first John Wick film was the beautifully crafted fight scenes, which directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski — two former stuntmen — spent an enormous amount of time angling in order to make sure each blow was captured properly on film. Based on this video, it looks like the sequel will get the same kind of treatment.
The second video sees Wick examining the body of a man he may or may not have just killed. It's hard to pick up exactly what's going on without any sound, but the visuals paint a clear enough picture.
The video also confirms that Wick's beloved classic car from the first film is back and will be just as important to Wick's character as it was before.
The last piece of interesting information that came out of the posting was a string of images that showed Wick walking through a square with a new dog. Those who have seen the first film will remember that the entire reason Wick went on his murderous rampage was to exact revenge over the death of the puppy his late wife bestowed to him. At the end of the original movie, Wick steals a pitbull puppy from a pound, so it's not too far of a jump to assume this is the same dog.
What does that mean for the film? That it's set at least a year or two after the events of the first film, and something has brought Wick out of retirement again to make him want to take on a group of bloodthirsty assassins in New York.
There aren't too many details floating around the sequel, but Stahelski is back to helm the feature. The film is scheduled to be released sometime next year.