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.