The boogeyman who played John Wick has grown into a major role in his prolific career, with a number of sequels in the works. According to Variety, Keanu Reeves was too young to play the lead in the original John Wick film, but he changed the story during the first meeting.Ballerina, a spin-off film starring Ana de Armas, may also be released in the future.
John Wick, aka the boogeyman, has become one of Keanu Reeves' greatest roles in his prolific career, spawning a trilogy of films with more to come later in the future. However, Keanu Reeves was too young to play the original John Wick version, according to Variety.
John Wick was initially assumed to be a 75-year-old man decades after being retired as an underworld mercenary, according to the author of They Shouldnt Have Killed His Dog: The Complete Uncensored Ass-Kicking Oral History of John Wick, Gun Fu, and the New Age of Action. Iwanyk, a producer of the John Wick franchise, interviewed Charlie Ferraro at UTA, who sent me this script from Derek Kolstad calledScorn. The lead was
Basil Iwanyk relates how Keanu Reeves became involved in John Wick: He said, "We give him the script, we tell him, Clearly, you're not 75." Reeves explains how he became so enamored with the story, that he initiated a series of character modifications, to make the piece his own. And the world he travels through to accomplish it.
Derek Kolstad, screenwriter, recalls spending two months at Keanu Reeves' house to write the script, and that Reeves assured him upon their first meeting: I'll play him 35. Thus, a modern cinema icon in John Wick was born. The film received an overall Rotten Tomatoes critics score of 86%, and the film review site was right on the money when they predictedJohn Wickcould spawned a franchise.
Two sequels to John Wick have been released since 2014, the first in 2017 withJohn Wick: Chapter 2and the last in 2019 withJohn Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum, both of which have grossed more than $300 million at the box office, and John Wick: Chapter 4 is on the way. Unfortunately, the fourth installment in this heart-stopping action franchise had its release date pushed back from May 27, 2022 to March 24, 2023, a smart move as it turns out.
With two spin-off films in the works, the John Wick universe is also expanding beyond the Keanu Reeves-led films. The Continental will be known to John Wickfans as the NYC-based hotel for the world's underground assassins. As well as that, there will be a spin-off film titledBallerina,starringAna de Armas.