Connect with us

TV

‘John Wick’ Checks Into “The Continental” Television Series With Keanu Reeves!

‘John Wick’ Checks Into “The Continental” Television Series With Keanu Reeves!

Cinematic universes are all the rage in a reactive Hollywood ecosystem. There’s nothing wrong with that, actually, as it’s something that’s always worked and weirdly ignored for decades. Now that studios are finally learning the power of a franchise, instead of looking at them as diminishing returns, everyone is on the bandwagon. Joining the collecting of growing universes is one centered around the ultra-violent Keanu Reeves actioneer John Wick, Lionsgate’s surprise hit of 2014.

A sequel was quickly put into development and released last February. The second chapter was not only superior to the first film but also earned the right to segue into a cinematic universe. The mythology went from intriguing to rich in character, and such depth that even the James Bond franchise looks small. The final shot of Chapter 2 quite literally sets up a multi-universe arc that made me cheer as the credits rolled.

Last year, Lionsgate revealed plans to turn John Wick into an expansive universe. with Ballerina, which will serve as a platform for a possible John Wick spinoff. The story is known to center on a young woman raised as an assassin who must hunt down the other assassins that murdered her family.

In addition, Deadline revealed that Starz today announced that it has teamed with sibling Lionsgate TV to develop “The Continental”, a television series adaptation John Wick!

The Continental is set in the John Wick universe, focusing on the inner workings of the exclusive Continental Hotel which serves as a refuge for assassins.

Reeves serves as an executive producer on the potential series. Additionally, “you can expect to see him at some point of the series,” Starz’s head of programming Carmi Zlotnik said during Starz’s TCA session.

According to Starz CEO Chris Albrecht, “the show and the movies exist side by side.” He earlier called The Continental“truly unlike anything else on TV,” adding that it “promises to include the thunderous fight sequences and intensely staged shootouts between professional assassins and their targets that fans have come to expect in the John Wick movie franchise as well as introducing some new, darkly compelling characters who inhabit this underground world.”

The Continental is being written by Chris Collins who serves as showrunner.



AROUND THE WEB


COMMENTS

9 Comments
  • Cure4Humanity

    Ok, that’s just fucking awesome!! Can’t wait to check this out.

  • Munchie Strikes Back

    Chapter 2 was NOT superior.

    • Judge Satchmo

      I agree. I liked the second one, and had I never seen the first, would likely have loved it. But the first is the superior film.

    • Alex Warburton

      I disagree, where as the first half of part 1 I enjoyed more than part 2. I can easily say the second half of Part 2 is where John Wick 2 really stands out. The movie begins to build it’s awesome assassin world and continues to dive us into new territory (where as the first ends like any old revenge flick). So yes, pound for pound I would say part 2 is superior.

  • Biscoito18

    Amazing news!! Hope they cast Lance Reddick and Ian McShane.

    • Weresmurf

      They’ve both done plenty of tv before, I hope so too!

  • Necro

    Man he kills 128 people in ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’! The upcoming 3rd film looks to outdo the 2nd one. I like both films and this potential show sounds cool.

  • I Am Colossus

    This is the best announcement since Ash v Evil Dead

  • Evan3

    Like him or not, you can never say Reeves doesn’t have the utmost passion for his films. Good for him to show up in the TV show.

More in TV