Jason Mantzoukas’ Pitch for ‘John Wick 4’ Involved Killing John Wick

Hollywood is foolish for not making this movie
Jason Mantzoukas’ Pitch for ‘John Wick 4’ Involved Killing John Wick

This weekend sees the release of John Wick: Chapter 4, the latest installment in the Keanu Reeves action series set in an alternate universe where high-end suits are mandatory, and its never not raining. The fourquel sees the return of several John Wick cast members, including Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne and the late, great Lance Reddick. And presumably, whoevers job it is to keep Reeves hair the same color it was back in his Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure days is back, too.

One familiar face, however, wont be returning: Jason Mantzoukas, the beloved comic actor/unhinged podcaster who showed up in John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum as a Bowery King henchmen known as Tick Tock Man — not because hes constantly posting bite-sized videos of himself on social media, but because he has a nice watch and reminds John Wick that time is a thing. 

Despite the fact that director Chad Stahelski previously sang Mantzoukas praises in interviews, claiming that he adds a lot to the film, and the world expansion, adding that he's a fucking great guy, the Tick Tock Man isnt in the new film, which is a colossal letdown. Perhaps the filmmakers should have gone with Mantzoukas idea for John Wick Chapter 4, subtitled Wick and the Tick.

As Mantzoukas told Conan O'Brien back in 2019, he foresaw a movie that mainly involved me and Keanu Reeves getting into hijinks. What kind of hijinks? At one point, the mismatched pair would go on a double date that doesnt go well. Oh, and since John Wick has a dog, the Tick Tock Man would get a parrot. And then, in the end, the Tick Tock Man kills John Wick for some reason. Then the next movie would be John Wick Chapter 5: The Tick Tock Man Chronicles.

For some dumb cowardly reason, Hollywood didnt bite, and we are cinematically worse off because of it. 

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