88-year-old serves as inspiration for Hollywood movie title

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Posted Friday, October 24, 2014 -- 10:00 p.m.

You'd think it's your standard Friday family lunch, but at "Grandma Mary's" in Arena today, it was different.

The Kolstad family is celebrating the success of their son, Derek Kolstad.

"Well we've had several calls that there were things in the works," said Derek's mom, Jane Kolstad.

Derek is a film writer, and now his family says he has made his first break. He wrote "John Wick" starring Keanu Reeves, which hits the big screen for the first time Friday night.

"Having a son that has been pursuing this profession for over... 20 years to have something come to fruition for him, for his wife, is great," Jane explained.

His Dad Darrell says the same, and he knows there is more coming.

"He's had some successes, but this is the big one...and it could lead to sequels and other movies for him," he said.

While the fact that his script made it to Hollywood is impressive, the true kicker shouldn't be disregarded.

Derek's grandfather who lives in Mazomaine -- 88-year-old John Wick -- served as an inspiration for the movie's name.

"I was surprised when I realized what Derek was doing, but I got a kick out of it," he said.

The character itself does not reflect the true John Wick, simply because in the movie he is not necessarily the nicest of people -- but that's something Derek's grandfather says he can deal with.

"Having my name John Wick associated with this type of character... hey...we're vikings," he said in reference to his Norwegian heritage.

All in all, it's something that Wick says he never really anticipated.

"Ultimately, I thought he would do good but I got to say this... this is bigger than I ever thought no...I never thought it would go like this."

The movie hits the big screens in the Madison area for the first time on Oct. 24.