The John Wick movies were intended to be called something else entirely. In a recent interview with Comicbook.com, franchise co-creator Derek Kolstad revealed that the first film in the series was originally titled Scorn.
Early on, however, franchise star Keanu Reeves kept getting the name wrong when speaking with the press, instead calling the picture John Wick, and the rest — as they say — is history.
“The only reason it’s called John Wick is that Keanu kept referring to it as John Wick,” Kolstad said. “Marketing was like, ‘Dude, that’s four to five million dollars in free advertising so far, so it’s John Wick instead of Scorn.’ I can’t imagine it being Scorn now.”
To date, there are three films in the John Wick series, with a fourth scheduled to release in 2022 after a forced delay due to the coronavirus outbreak. The movie originally had the same release date as The Matrix 4, leading some to believe the films would crossover in some way.