'John Wick 2' to Open in 2017; 'Blade Runner 2' Set for January 2018
Two release dates have been announced for two of our most anticipated movies coming up in the next few years. First up, the action sequel John Wick 2 has been scheduled for release starting on February 10th, 2017 - a little less than a year from now. The film has already finished shooting, partially in New York City, and apparently the plot takes Keanu Reeves to Rome to kick some more ass. Stuntman Chad Stahelski from the first one is back again to direct this one. Next up, Warner Bros has officially set a release date for Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner sequel, untitled now, known simply as Blade Runner 2. That movie will open on January 12th, 2018, a few weeks after Episode VIII hits theaters in late 2017. I'm very excited for both.
It seems a bit odd to me that Blade Runner 2 is opening in theaters in January. Denis Villeneuve directing Ryan Gosling (and supposedly Harrison Ford back as Deckard) with cinematography by Roger Deakins - and it's scheduled for the traditional January dumping season? Of course, there have been some bigger movies opening in January recently (American Sniper, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi) but this seems noticeably out of place. Either they're planning a tricky strategy similar to The Revenant, with the movie opening in December in limited release first. Or they're going all out and hoping to break box office records in January like Deadpool did in February. Only time will tell. Stay tuned for news on these movies.