With Nobody now available in 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD everywhere; we got to sit down with writer and action enthusiast Derek Kolstad to talk about making another instant action icon, and he also shared some info on what’s next for John wick.
He tells us more about the apparent mutual decision between him and the John wick team to move away from writing John Wick: Chapter 4 and allow a new writer, Shay Hatten, to take the character in an exciting new direction. But, even though he’s no longer involved in the main storyline, he’s still involved in the future of the franchise as he teases a few details about what’s to come. The continental and Ballerina.
If you missed the first part of our long conversation earlier today, be sure to check it out by heading over to HERE!
Watch the full video interview below or keep scrolling for the transcript!
ROHAN: you wrote both John wick and Nobody, which had such modest budgets and ultimately became a huge box office hit. Now you also have writing experience for a huge production like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which had huge budgets for each individual episode.
From a screenwriter’s perspective, how do you approach your script when you know the budget will be smaller than something like Marvel? Does a bigger budget free you up and allow you to be more ambitious or do you have the same approach regardless of the potential budget?
DEREK: It’s funny because I grew up in building, building houses, with billing systems, and it’s common knowledge that I named John Wick after my grandfather, who I with spent time yesterday it was awesome. When you look at the construction, I remember my dad, who was the CFO, said there were only zeros, the only difference between a thousand, ten thousand, a hundred thousand buildings is that it need the same things for everyone, just different iterations of it. It’s all zeros and for me the best movies are the ones that treat it that way where, basically, it’s a good story, that’s all we’re looking for.
I’m a huge fan of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies because you can have these awesome action sequences and these great characters and just this bone-chewing dialogue, but then you get something like – and I talk about it every single time. week – is in GOTG Vol. 2, when Kurt Russell is about to die, and he looks at his son and he says, “But, you’ll be mortal,” and Chris Pratt says, “What’s wrong with that ? “
Oh! It touches me every time man, it’s the kind of line and kind of magic that can be in a cell phone video that you and I and my cousins can shoot in a basement and have the same appeal because one of the things that the whole crew does it so well is that they realize it and I believe it too you need humor and lightness and soul and so when people say , wouldn’t you rather do these more important things, I’m like, I just wanna be doing those kinds of fuss.
If the budget is one hundred, two hundred million or ten or twelve it’s the same thing, different challenges await you, I know, but basically – When I visit the set it was probably the longest day and it’s cold and i love Winnipeg, they were a joy to us, it’s Bob in almost every scene and after how many hours and dawn is approaching, and everyone [frick]When it’s done Ilya screams cut out and Bob and Daniel, the guy who built all the action sequences, are still smiling and giggling and saying, “Can you believe we can do this?” – So if I find myself on a two hundred million dollar movie or a two million dollar movie, I just hope there will be a point where I can laugh and say, “Can you believe that we can do that? ”
ROHAN: I have to ask, after The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, are there other Marvel characters you would like to write? Because I think your sensitivity would be perfect for someone like The Punisher …
DEREK: Like everyone else, I grew up with all these characters and all these comics – my favorite, because I was an 80s kid, I loved the relationship Colossus had with Wolverine at that time because they had that yin and yang, but as far as the characters go, I think I’m more of the type to think that if you were a director, actor, or producer and you came to me with your thing, with your favorite character, that ‘ do i wanna do man, i wanna be the catalyst, i wanna make sure that this thing that you see and that character, that story or that world, i can bring to life, that’s much more exciting.
Honestly, I don’t have a single character where I’m like, “I can’t wait to do this guy”, it’s more like “Hey Derek, I like this guy or that girl or that creature or what you got. – can you do something with it? And you see their energy and you want to tap into it. I want to do that kind of stuff, it’s the best adaptations, so a lot of stuff that I’m involved in that I would never have chased after mine, but then I got to know the creators and the directors and the actors and you see their enthusiasm and you’re like, “Alright, let’s play, let’s play! And for me, that’s the best part of my job and I want to do it for as long as I can.
Nobody is now available in 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray!