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John Wick director reveals that Chapter 4 had a different ending originally

April 18th, 2023 by Marc Comments

So, enough time has passed since the release of John Wick Chapter 4 that we can now finally talk about THAT ending.

So, obviously, if you’re yet to see it, here be spoilers.

The movie ends with Keanu Reeves’ John Wick defeating Bill Skarsgård’s villainous Marquis Vincent de Gramont but not before taking a lot of damage himself; he staggers down the steps of the Sacré-Cœur, Paris before collapsing halfway down the steps and slumping over, dead.

Or is he?

“We did additional photography and shot a different ending,” Director Chad Stahelski says.

“It wasn’t at the duel, but we did reveal that John Wick. There was a different way to do [the funeral scene], and we wanted it to be a little bit more mysterious. That’s why you see the puppy look up at the end.” 

The puppy is the one belonging to Shamier Anderson’s Tracker character, left, in the movie who seems to acknowledge that John may not be dead in the movie.

He goes on: “So there was another thing that we tested, and we were open to testing both [endings] because Keanu and I just wanted to make a good movie. We just wanted to feel what was most satisfying.

“So we did one test screening, and the audience revolted pretty hard about [the new ending]. So we thought that we nailed it the first time, and to the studio’s credit, they didn’t even blink. That night, literally in the theater, we all got it. We all saw the reactions, and we all high-fived each other and said, ‘We have a good movie.'”

Studio REALLY wants more John Wick movies PLUS another spinoff is coming…

The implication here does seem to be that Wick isn’t really dead or at least, if they decide to make another movie or have him return down the line, it’s certainly not unthinkable; we know that Wick will appear in next year’s spinoff movies Ballerina but since it occurs during the time between John Wick 3 and 4, this doesn’t really count as John was alive and well at that stage.

What say you all? Do you think John survived or, like me, are you happy with his bittersweet ending?

Let me know…

WATCH: First teaser drops for John Wick spinoff The Continental

Source: THR

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….