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How Keanu Reeves inadvertently renamed the 'John Wick' franchise, plus more news

Wonderwall Logo By Wonderwall.com Editors of Wonderwall | Slide 1 of 10: As a filmmaker, what do you do when your star repeatedly mixes up the movie's title before its released? You rename the movie, cash in on the free marketing and call it a day, obviously. That approach certainly worked for the creators of the "John Wick" franchise, set to go into production on part IV of the Keanu Reeves-centric series as soon as studios deem it safe to reopen the industry. In a recent interview with ComicBook.com, screenwriter and producer Derek Kolstad revealed how his original screenplay for an action flick called "Scorn" became "John Wick" (which went on to inspire "John Wick: Chapter 2" and "John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum"). While chatting about the fourth installation's subtitle, Kolstad said the decision will belong to director Chad Stahelski. Then Kolstad added: "The only reason it's called 'John Wick' is that Keanu kept referring to it as 'John Wick.' Marketing was like, 'Dude, that's $4 to $5 million dollars in free advertising so far, so it's 'John Wick' instead of 'Scorn.'" Kolstad said he "can't imagine it being 'Scorn' now," a testament to the power of branding -- something the screenwriter pointed out matters more than ever given the hits funding has taken and will continue to take because of the pandemic. "John Wick" 4.0, originally scheduled for a spring 2021 release, is due out in May 2022.Keep reading for Dolly Parton's thoughts on what we need to improve after the pandemic ...

The 'John Wick' movies are only the 'John Wick' movies because of a certain leading man's recurring mistake

As a filmmaker, what do you do when your star repeatedly mixes up the movie's title before its released? You rename the movie, cash in on the free marketing and call it a day, obviously. That approach certainly worked for the creators of the "John Wick" franchise, set to go into production on part IV of the Keanu Reeves-centric series as soon as studios deem it safe to reopen the industry. In a recent interview with ComicBook.com, screenwriter and producer Derek Kolstad revealed how his original screenplay for an action flick called "Scorn" became "John Wick" (which went on to inspire "John Wick: Chapter 2" and "John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum"). While chatting about the fourth installation's subtitle, Kolstad said the decision will belong to director Chad Stahelski. Then Kolstad added: "The only reason it's called 'John Wick' is that Keanu kept referring to it as 'John Wick.' Marketing was like, 'Dude, that's $4 to $5 million dollars in free advertising so far, so it's 'John Wick' instead of 'Scorn.'" Kolstad said he "can't imagine it being 'Scorn' now," a testament to the power of branding -- something the screenwriter pointed out matters more than ever given the hits funding has taken and will continue to take because of the pandemic. "John Wick" 4.0, originally scheduled for a spring 2021 release, is due out in May 2022.

Keep reading for Dolly Parton's thoughts on what we need to improve after the pandemic ...

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