We all know who the legendary John Wick is, at this point.
Keanu Reeves breathed life into the unstoppable hitman back in 2014. He has since reprised the role in two action-packed sequels. A fourth part and even a TV series are also in the works, set to continue expanding the world of John Wick.
But, writer of all three movies, Derek Kolstad, has now revealed the series was never going to be called John Wick. In fact, the name of the first movie was changed to John Wick purely because Reeves kept getting the title wrong.
Kolstad says, “The only reason it’s called John Wick is that Keanu kept referring to it as John Wick.”
He goes on to explain that the original title of the film was Scorn.
Also read: EXCLUSIVE: Matrix 4 Villain Revealed
Reeves had already given many interviews where he had called the film John Wick. Kolstad expands, “Marketing was like, ‘Dude, that’s four to five million dollars in free advertising so far, so it’s John Wick instead of Scorn.” He also admits that he can’t imagine the film being called Scorn now either.
Let’s be honest, John Wick ended up being a much better title in the long run. Although Scorn sounds like a good revenge thriller title, it doesn’t scream ‘franchise’. Maybe Keanu deliberately kept dropping in the wrong name so they would have to change the film’s title.
In the interview, Kolstad goes on to address the Covid-19 pandemic and its likely effect on the film industry.
“I think everyone out here has been a little bit rattled by what productions are going to look like, what movies are going to look like,” he said.
And yet, when you look at IP, when you look at a successful franchise, it becomes all the more important and all the more important reason to do it well.
John Wick: Chapter 4 is currently scheduled to arrive in cinemas on the May 27th, 2022. But you can get your Keanu fix a little earlier. The Matrix 4 is set to arrive on the May 21st, 2021.
Read the official synopsis for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum below:
“John Wick is on the run after killing a member of the international assassins’ guild, and with a $14 million price tag on his head, he is the target of hit men and women everywhere.”
Directed by Chad Stahelski, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum stars Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Mark Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick, Anjelica Huston, and Ian McShane.
All three John Wick movies are available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital.