The much-awaited John Wick 4 film almost went down in history as one of the longest movies ever made. Director Chad Stahelski and editor Nathan Orloff recently revealed that the first cut was almost four hours long, leaving them in a state of panic as they struggled to maintain the right pacing.
Fortunately, the final runtime of John Wick 4 was trimmed down to two hours and forty-nine minutes, resulting in an action-packed masterpiece that has been hailed as a modern epic.
WORLD BUILDING LED TO A NEAR FOUR-HOUR CUT
Stahelski and Orloff explained that the initial runtime was due to their intention to build a world around the characters, which meant including several scenes that had to be edited over and over again. While the world-building process added significant length to the film, it was also responsible for the seamless portrayal of the characters and their interactions in the final cut.
PACING CHALLENGES DURING EDITING
As expected, editing down the near four-hour cut was not an easy feat. The editorial team had to maintain good pacing and remove significant chunks of the film without sacrificing its overall coherence. Stahelski admits that he was a bit of a perfectionist in the editing process, even making everyone watch the movie again even if just 30 seconds were removed. Nonetheless, his attention to detail ultimately paid off, resulting in a seamless and coherent final cut.
A MODERN EPIC THAT OUTSHINES ITS PREDECESSORS
Despite the challenges in the editing process, John Wick 4 turned out to be a modern epic that stands above its predecessors and other action films of the past decade. IGN awarded the film a perfect score of 10/10, citing its exceptional performances, action sequences, and overall execution.
The process of editing John Wick 4 from a near four-hour cut to a modern epic was a challenge, but director Chad Stahelski and editor Nathan Orloff pulled it off with impressive finesse. Their attention to detail and ability to maintain good pacing resulted in a masterpiece that surpassed expectations and proved to be a worthy addition to the John Wick franchise.