UPDATE: The Continental mini series has officially moved from Starz to Peacock TV. The three-episode mini series is expected to debut on the streaming service in 2023 where it currently have all three of the John Wick films released to date.
UPDATE: Five more has joined the cast of The Continental including Katie McGrath (CW’s Supergirl), Ray McKinnon (Chaos Walking), Adam Shapiro (Now You See Me), Mark Musashi (Feral), and Marina Mazepa (Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City).
UPDATE: Actor Colin Woodell (The Flight Attendant) has been cast as the lead in The Continental. Woodell is set to play a younger version of Winston, who was previously portrayed by Ian McShane in the film franchise.
The 3 part series will follow the origin behind The Continental through the eyes and actions of Winston, who is dragged into the Hell-scape of a 1975 New York City to face a past he thought he’d left behind. Winston charts a deadly course through New York’s mysterious underworld in a harrowing attempt to seize the iconic hotel, which serves as the meeting point for the world’s most dangerous criminals.
Rounding out the cast alongside Woodell and Mel Gibson are Hubert Point-Du Jour (Elementary), Mishel Prada (Riverdale), Jessica Allain (The Laundromat), Ben Robson (Animal Kingdom) and Vietnamese star Nhung Kate (The Housemaid, Bụi Đời Chơ Lớn).
SOURCE: Variety, Digital Spy
UPDATE: Veteran actor Mel Gibson (Lethal Weapon franchise) has joined the cast of The Continental series as a character named Cormac.
UPDATE: Director Albert Hughes (The Book of Eli) is set to helm part 1 and 3 of The Continental series. The project will reportedly be a three-part, three-night event limited series, with each episode coming in at both a movie-length (around 90 minutes) and at a movie budget (upwards of $20 million each).
The limited series is set 40 years before the events of John Wick in 1970s New York and follows a young Winston (played by Ian McShane in the original film) and his early days as the hitman hotelier.
A director for part 2 of the 3 part series is yet to be named. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: While speaking to Fandom, Chad Stahelski revealed more details about The Continental stating:
“The angle they’re working on The Continental TV show right now is a different perspective on the whole world, it’s coming at it from different characters’ points of view and what the breadth of the world is. Whereas in John Wick I’m following a time period that’s almost just a week in the life of one man, [for] who everything spirals out of control, which our John Wick story. The angle that the other producers and writers on the TV show are coming from is a very different timeline structure and a very different perspective of character. About how deep the world goes, and not just assassins but everything that’s included. And a lot of the origin stories are some of the characters you see in Wick. So It’s got some very interesting things, it’s a very interesting take on the Wick world, which I think it pretty cool. But it won’t be from the John Wick perspective. Not that John Wick won’t be involved with it, it’s just not from his perspective.”
UPDATE: The Continental series is tentatively scheduled to premiere on Starz after the release of John Wick: Chapter 4 on May 27, 2022.
Starz President and CEO Jeffrey Hirsch stated: “I had a meeting on a season pitch for this yesterday. We like the group of writers, and we’re trying to get it in the right place so it doesn’t interfere with the motion picture. It will air sometime after the fourth movie.”
UPDATE: Starz and Lionsgate has officially confirmed the upcoming ‘John Wick’ tv series The Continental. Starz President & CEO Chris Albrecht stated:
“This series is truly unlike anything else on TV. ’The Continental’ 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.”
John Wick co-directer Chad Stahelski will be behind the camera for the premiere episode.
The wick-ed action style of ‘John Wick’ is coming to the small screen in the form of a prequel called The Continental!
Developed by Lionsgate, the series will dig deeper into the ‘John Wick’ mythology and focus on the network of assassins that we got a glimpse of in the featured films. Director Chad Stahelski added:
“They’ve got a really good structure. It’s very tied to the film [in that] it’s about the Continentals all over the world, how certain people come into that world, and what happens in relation to those people, which is cool. I think the world is very vast, and everything I’ve heard from it is very positive. […] It’s something that studio seems very, very intent on [making] and very, very behind… You can be with the consigliere, concierge, the sommelier — you can be with all these different characters and walk through the world in different aspects; ones that I’m a little limited [from exploring] by staying with my lead guy.”
He also teased that the plan is to have John Wick himself, Keanu Reeves, make an appearance in the series but the show will NOT be centered around him. Wick’s character arc will continue in John Wick: Chapter Four.
Stahelski is on-board to help develop the TV series and potentially direct a few episodes.
Stay tuned for details!