Keanu Reeves‘ struggle to nail the title of the first John Wick movie prompted filmmakers to change the title.
The title of the 2014 blockbuster revenge tale, which centers on Reeves’ titular action hero, was initially called Scorn but The Matrix star failed to refer to the film properly in interviews.
“The only reason it’s called John Wick is that Keanu kept referring to it as John Wick,” screenwriter Derek Kolstad told ComicBook.com. “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.”
The change seems to have worked out, with the film becoming a huge hit spawning three sequels, including John Wick: Chapter 4, which is set to be released next year (2021).