John Wick is a 2014 American neo-noir action thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch and starring Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo and Willem Dafoe
When was John Wick born?
13 October 2014
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John Wick facts
The film stars Reeves as John Wick, a retired hitman seeking vengeance for the theft of his vintage car and the killing of his puppy, a gift from his recently deceased wife
Stahelski and Leitch directed the film together, though Leitch was uncredited
The film was written by Derek Kolstad, who completed the screenplay in 2012 and further developed it for Thunder Road Pictures
The film was produced by Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road Pictures, Leitch, Eva Longoria, and Michael Witherill
It marks Stahelski and Leitch's directorial debut as a team after multiple separate credits as second unit directors and stunt coordinators
They previously worked with Reeves as stunt doubles on the Matrix trilogy
Stahelski and Leitch's approach to action scenes drew upon their admiration for anime and martial arts films, and the film's use of fight choreographers and gun fu techniques from Hong Kong action cinema was additionally influential in the development of the film
The film also pays homage to works such as John Woo's The Killer, Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Cercle Rouge and Le Samouraï, John Boorman's Point Blank, and the spaghetti western subgenre of Western films
On its release, the film received positive reviews from critics, who praised the performances, visuals, and action sequences and called it a welcome return to form for Reeves, and grossed $86 million worldwide
A sequel, titled John Wick: Chapter 2, is scheduled to be released on February 10, 2017
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