John Wick: Chapter 4 Director Chad Stahelski revealed the video game inspiration for a major action scene in the new movie. John Wick: Chapter 4 It is the latest and, for some, the greatest installment of one of the most successful action series in some time. The stunts are incredible and almost unfathomable at times, but it’s all because there’s a great deal of preparation and care that is poured into the action sequences around the movie. Each sequence is upping the ante, adding new layers to keep things fresh, and trying new ways to make sure it’s something you haven’t seen before.
One of the ways in which this is done John Wick: Chapter 4 Through a top-down, one-shot action sequence in which John Wick wields a shotgun with dragon’s breath rounds and clears out the men’s rooms. It’s impressive to watch and seems like a logistical nightmare, but many fans pointed out that it was an obvious reference to Hotline Miami. Believe it or not, director Chad Stahelski cited a very different game when speaking to Slash Film, a lesser-known title known as Hong Kong massacre.
“If you’re ever lacking in creativity, tie your hands and figure it out, because you’ll be doing something you’ve never done before,” Stahelski said. “So great shots are never cool with us, with the lighting or the choreography, because they get old quickly. But I saw this video game and I’m going to give a hoot—I think it was called ‘Hong Kong Massacre’—they did this overhead shot and we were doing a lot with the muzzle flashes.” The big one and I kind of clicked, “Okay, if you’re up there, we’re shooting like this and we’re shooting like this, and this draws these cool lines with the muzzle flash, and if you get the flash effect right, it’s like Etch A Sketch.” It looks really cool. “It was a different way of amplifying the action and keeping you in the video game mode that John Wick is famous for, the first-person shooter genre.”
I call John Wick 4’s god’s-eye battle scene “Hotline Miami” but I was surprised to see Chad name a more obscure indie game as inspiration
HONG KONG MASSACRE is Hotline Miami x John Woo, and JW4 beautifully adopts his look from top to bottom and giant muzzle flashes pic.twitter.com/hGU3A47icE
– ChristianV (GenreFilmAddict) March 26, 2023
Chad Stahelski knows a thing or two about video game revival because he’s currently attached to the live-action Ghost of Tsushima And rainbow six. As of now, we have no idea when either movie will be released, but it appears to be knee-deep in the works Ghost of Tsushima. Either way, it’s great to see such a talented director pull off indie games and amplify them all in such a successful way.
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