John Wick
Image via via Lionsgate

It turns out that ‘John Wick’ has always been about working backwards from suffering

And here we were thinking it was all about flashy gun-fu and action sequences.

In essence, the entire John Wick franchise exists because somebody killed the title hero’s dog. That might be boiling it down to its very essence, but if his pooch didn’t bite the bullet, then we wouldn’t be getting at least four sequels, a spinoff, and a prequel series set to tell Winston’s three-part origin story.

Recommended Videos

That sounds positively nuts when you break it down like that, and director Chad Stahelski admitted he’d love to make it as far as Chapter 10 should audiences keep turning up in their numbers to see Keanu Reeves shoot, stab, punch, kick, and generally barrel his way through an army of faceless goons.

However, the filmmaker revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that the process is a touch more macabre than coming up with cool action sequences and jumping off from there, with the hitman’s trauma and suffering the starting point that the creative team loves to work backwards from.

“We keep finding new and interesting ways to have John Wick suffer. That’s where the action comes from. Figure out how to make him suffer, and then design backward. We do it chapter by chapter. Just like an author; write the chapter, scratch head, write next chapter.”

Based on the rapturous reception that greeted the CinemaCon footage, it appears as though Reeves, Stahelski, the stunt coordinators and the various unfortunate performers to put themselves through the wringer are poised to continue enhancing John Wick‘s reputation as arguably the single finest action franchise of the 21st Century, based on nothing but the acclaim and adulation to have defined the brand so far.


We Got This Covered is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more
related content
Read Article Latest Marvel News: ‘X-Men’ reboot breakthrough leaves everyone saying the same thing as OG Avenger’s comeback finally assembles
Cyclops in X-Men 97/Avengers 2012
Read Article Everything to know about ‘The Strangers: Chapter 2’
Froy Gutierrez as “Ryan” and Madelaine Petsch as “Maya” in The Strangers Chapter 1
Read Article Sorry Chris Pratt, but Glen Powell has already written his name all over your ideal DC role
Chris Pratt attends the Columbia Pictures World Premiere of "The Garfield Movie" at TCL Chinese Theatre on May 19, 2024 in Hollywood, California/Glen Powell attends the premiere of Netflix's "Hit Man" & Glen Powell's induction into the Texas Film Hall Of Fame at The Paramount Theatre on May 15, 2024
Read Article Nicolas Cage’s ‘Longlegs’ release date, plot, cast, and more
Maika Monroe in Longlegs
Read Article Review: Glen Powell may be a cinematic snack, but his career-best ‘Hit Man’ is a full-blown meal
Glen Powell as Gary Johnson and Adria Arjona as Madison Masters in 'Hit Man'.
3.5 stars
Related Content
Read Article Latest Marvel News: ‘X-Men’ reboot breakthrough leaves everyone saying the same thing as OG Avenger’s comeback finally assembles
Cyclops in X-Men 97/Avengers 2012
Read Article Everything to know about ‘The Strangers: Chapter 2’
Froy Gutierrez as “Ryan” and Madelaine Petsch as “Maya” in The Strangers Chapter 1
Read Article Sorry Chris Pratt, but Glen Powell has already written his name all over your ideal DC role
Chris Pratt attends the Columbia Pictures World Premiere of "The Garfield Movie" at TCL Chinese Theatre on May 19, 2024 in Hollywood, California/Glen Powell attends the premiere of Netflix's "Hit Man" & Glen Powell's induction into the Texas Film Hall Of Fame at The Paramount Theatre on May 15, 2024
Read Article Nicolas Cage’s ‘Longlegs’ release date, plot, cast, and more
Maika Monroe in Longlegs
Read Article Review: Glen Powell may be a cinematic snack, but his career-best ‘Hit Man’ is a full-blown meal
Glen Powell as Gary Johnson and Adria Arjona as Madison Masters in 'Hit Man'.
3.5 stars
Author
Scott Campbell
News, reviews, interviews. To paraphrase Keanu Reeves; Words. Lots of words.