EXCLUSIVE: The studio has picked up US rights to Thunder Road Films’ Keanu Reeves action title.
Lionsgate brokered the deal with CAA on behalf of the filmmakers and will open John Wick on October 24 in wide release through its Summit label.
David Leitch and Chad Stahelski directed John Wick from a screenplay by Derek Kolstad about a retired hitman whose murderous instincts are reawakened when a thug steals his 1969 Ford Mustang and in the process kills the dog given to him by his late wife.
Wick tracks the man to New York, where the thug’s father, a crime boss, puts a bounty on his head.
The cast includes Adrianne Palicki, Willem Dafoe, Michael Nyqvist and Bridget Moynahan.
Thunder Road Films founder Basil Iwanyk produced.
Lionsgate International handled sales outside the US and launched the project in Cannes 2013.