Derek Kolstad


Derek Kolstad is a writer best known for the John Wick film series.

Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Kolstad attended Edgewood High School of the Sacred Heart and later studied business administration at Taylor University in Indiana. He moved to California at age 24 to pursue screenwriting. He says he started writing films when he was a teenager, but he struggled for success in Hollywood at first.

The first script he sold was called Acolyte, which was purchased by Voltage Pictures in June 2012. After that, he got some writing and re-writing work, including work on One in the Chamber, starring Dolph Lundgren and Cuba Gooding Jr. He then wrote another Dolph Lundgren film titled The Package.

Producer - Just Cause
Producer - Booker
2021: Executive Producer - Nobody
2012: Writer - One in the Chamber
2013: Writer - The Package
2014: Screenplay - John Wick
2017: Characters - John Wick: Chapter 2
2017: Writer - John Wick: Chapter 2
2019: Characters - John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
2022: Characters - John Wick: Chapter 4
2019: Story - John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
2019: Screenplay - John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
Writer - Just Cause
Writer - Booker
2021: Screenplay - Nobody
Writer - A Darker Shade of Magic
Writer - Hunting Season
Screenplay - The Man From Nowhere
Characters - John Wick: Chapter 5
Screenplay - Time Agent

2021: Executive Producer - The Continental
2020: Writer - The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
2020: Writer - Die Hart