‘John Wick’ Is Only Called That Because Keanu Reeves Kept Forgetting the Title

by Jeremy Spirogis
Keanu Reeves on the red carpet at a movie premiere in September 2019

It could be somewhat on the nostril, however John Wick‘s title makes sense. The Keanu Reeves action thriller is all about the titular character — a retired assassin who reverts to his old ways following the deaths of his wife and dog. But that’s really not what it was initially referred to as. Executives solely modified the title when Reeves advised the press that it was named John Wick.

Keanu Reeves on the red carpet at a movie premiere in September 2019
Keanu Reeves on the pink carpet at a film premiere in September 2019 | Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Lionsgate

More on the unique title of ‘John Wick’

John Wick screenwriter Derek Kolstad made the revelation to Comicbook in an interview printed on May 23. He mentioned the unique title was Scorn, which is fairly becoming contemplating that the character is so bent on revenge. But when Reeves saved messing up the title, the studio simply went with it and swapped out the title.

“The solely purpose it’s referred to as John Wick,” Kolstad defined, “is that Keanu saved referring to it as John Wick. Marketing was like, ‘Dude, that’s 4 to 5 million {dollars} in free promoting thus far, so it’s John Wick as a substitute of Scorn.”

But Kolstand doesn’t seem to have any regrets. He advised the outlet: “The title change was for the very best as John Wick — each the title of the films and characters — is now an integral half of popular culture, particularly in relation to motion films.”

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What to know in regards to the subsequent ‘John Wick’ film

A fourth installment was confirmed after the May 2019 launch of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, which raked in over $300 million on the world field workplace. The movie was initially slated for a May 2021 launch however bought pushed again to May 27, 2022, as a result of coronavirus pandemic, which led to nationwide social distancing orders.

Elaborating on the explanation behind such a prolonged delay, John Wick director Chad Stahelski advised Collider that Reeves has a dedication to complete The Matrix 4 first.

“‘The Matrix’ was only four weeks in when this all happened,” mentioned the director. “So, Keanu’s gotta go finish his commitment up on ‘The Matrix,’ which is a big deal and which I think will probably take him until the end of the year. Then we have to go into our prep mode and then we’ll start.”

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Details about half 4 are restricted, however Stahelski advised The Hollywood Reporter on May 29 that it may characteristic deleted scenes from the third movie.

“There were two action sequences that we had really kind of conceived, but we just didn’t have room for them,” he shared. “So, we pulled them from the film. And I’d wish to suppose that 90 p.c of what I pulled, there’s a spot in John Wick 4 that I can undoubtedly reinsert them.”

How to look at the ‘John Wick’ films

While you anticipate the subsequent film, you possibly can watch the opposite three now. They could be discovered on streaming companies comparable to Amazon Prime and HBO Max.

Read extra: ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ And More 2019 Movies Coming to HBO in January 2020

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