‘John Wick’ Originally Had Only Three Kills in the Whole Movie

‘John Wick’ Originally Had Only Three Kills in the Whole Movie
The John Wick movies are known for their intense violence and high body-counts, as well as for bringing Keanu Reeves back to prominence.

But originally, the first film was meant to be a very different affair, with only a grand total of three people kicking the bucket in the script. That’s a lot less than the 80-ish in the final version of the 2014 movie.

Speaking to ComicBook.com, the first film’s co-director (and solo director of the other two) Chad Stahelski said: “I think [Keanu] sent it to me on a Friday and I read it maybe that day and thought about it over the weekend.

john wick

Warner Bros.

Related: John Wick‘s original title changed because Keanu Reeves kept getting it wrong

“It was much more contained. I think only three people died in the original script, two were in a car crash. It was very, very minimal, and it was slightly different. I read it, and I’d always had this idea about Greek mythology and how to tell more a fable-istic kind of story, make a surreal action movie so it wasn’t so grounded and grey, just something different.

“People joke about [the kill count], but the way I choreograph with my guys and stuff, we just choreograph motion and set pieces and we try to get this balletic kind of dance, live performance feel to everything.

keanu reeves

Lionsgate

Related: How John Wick got one of its major themes wrong

“I think, just by nature, because Keanu’s gotten so much better with the choreography and the martial arts and the motion and we change weapons so much and we get bigger set pieces, that, just by its very nature, because the scene grows, the body count grows.

Stahelski previously said that they are hard at work trying to “crack” the fourth movie, while a fifth one has already been announced.


Joe Anderton is a freelance news writer at Digital Spy.

This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io

XL subscribe to our newsletter banner

Get the latest news and advice on COVID-19, direct from the experts in your inbox. Join hundreds of thousands who trust experts by subscribing to our newsletter.

Send your news and stories to us news@climaxradio.co.uk or newstories@climaxnewsroom.com and WhatsApp: +447747873668.

Before you go...

Democratic norms are being stress-tested all over the world, and the past few years have thrown up all kinds of questions we didn't know needed clarifying – how long is too long for a parliamentary prorogation? How far should politicians be allowed to intervene in court cases? To monitor these issues as closely as we have in the past we need your support, so please consider donating to The Climax News Room.

0 0 vote
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments