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Studios Weren’t Interested in John Wick At First

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It’s not hard to see how much the cinematic landscape has changed in the last 15 years. Record-breaking comic book movies dominate the box office, punctuated by the occasional Fast and Furious film. Keanu Reeves’ John Wick is a huge property now, but it took a Fantastic Fest viewing to get executives excited about a small, low-budget action film with spartan VFX and a dense mythology, according to co-director David Leitch in an interview with Deadline.

“For [co-director Chad Stahelski] and I, [John Wick] was a struggle financially,” Leitch said. “We were first-time directors, co-directing, but we were very cohesive in our vision of what we wanted. I think that we just knew with all the…

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