John Wick Directors Fought to Kill The Dog in the First Film

Lawrence Kim
May 29, 2020

John Wick originally had a very different title. Keanu Reeves' titular ex-hitman was subsequently forced to go on a (justified) murderous rampage to seek vengeance.

Everyone who's seen the movie will remember the horrific scene in which mobsters break into John's house, beat him and kill his beloved pet dog Daisy, who was a final gift from John's late wife.

But it's emerged that the pivotal moment almost got cut out, with the directors having to fight the studio to keep it in as they were anxious audiences would find it too much. In the meantime, while on the topic of titles, screenwriter Derek Kolstad was also able to reveal that there is now no title set for the upcoming fourth John Wick film.

"The only reason it's called John Wick is that Keanu kept referring to it as John Wick", Kolstad said before adding, "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". He's the assassin you call when you want to take out other master assassins, and hurting his dog is akin to signing your own death warrant.

John Wick action franchise is well-known for its moments of unflinching violence - after all, this is a film series about a retired assassin who comes back out of retirement on a quest for revenge.

"At certain points, Chad and Dave, they fought for it, they got it and they were right". They've done quite well with that.

The studio were still unsure, but when the crew held a test screening of the shocking scene, the audience's reaction confirmed they'd made the right decision to keep it in. We were watching the audience.

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