Director Chad Stahelski's John Wick: Chapter 2 is a hypnotic, bold, world-travelling action film that was made with a budget far lower than your average studio blockbuster. With a green light based on a quickly-growing cult following, the production was given a reported $40 million to work with -- which meant that there were certain restrictions put on the execution of key set pieces. A perfect example of this is the House Of Mirrors sequence in the third act -- which Stahelski recently told me required a lot of molding and forming before it could become what it is. Said the filmmaker,
Much of the production value in the John Wick movies comes thanks to the incredible skills of the 87Eleven Action Design team and their ability to help choreograph and perform beautiful action sequences, but it truly takes a village to make a film. This was something that Chad Stahelski fully acknowledged last month when I sat down to talk with him during the Los Angeles home video press day for John Wick: Chapter 2. Our discussion turned to the creation of John Wick titles without $100 million-plus budgets, and the director explained how the shootout in the mirror art exhibition proved to be one of the film's greatest challenges.
Continuing, Chad Stahelski gave tremendous credit to all of the artists who collaborated with him on John Wick: Chapter 2 -- noting that their work prevented any one particularly big action sequence from forcing a sacrifice in any other department. The director explained,
From there, Chad Stahelski literally broke it all down, noting the order that he takes things into consideration during the production process:
Ultimately, Chad Stahelski admitted that the restrictions that come with a tighter budget actually benefitted the production overall -- as it really demanded a certain level of thinking about every important element of the process. While giant movies can always throw money at problems, Stahelski told me that John Wick: Chapter 2 was made from the process of considering a "smarter way to do it."
I had a great time chatting about the world of John Wick during my interview with Chad Stahelski, and now fans have the opportunity to dive back into the special world of assassins, as John Wick: Chapter 2 is now available on 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and digital download. Pick up a copy today, and stay tuned for updates about John Wick: Chapter 3 here on CinemaBlend!