JOHN WICK Spinoff THE CONTINENTAL Coming to TV
The John Wick franchise will expand beyond the big screen as a television series explores a variety of deadly assassins.
As Lionsgate develops the third film in their hit John Wick franchise with John Wick: Chapter 2 director Chad Stahelski, the series will come to television as The Continental, named for the hotel where a network of the world’s best killers and assassins congregate. Speaking with IndieWire, Stahelski puts the focus on the “cool, Wick-ian, magical, and mysterious world” of the hotel, visited by John “the boogeyman” Wick (Keanu Reeves) in both movies.
“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,” Stahelski shared. “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.”
“Look at ‘Battle of the Bastards,'” Stahelski says, pointing to HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones. “As an action designer, I think that’s the best battle I’ve ever seen on TV. They did a great job, and they weren’t careless with their money. They planned it, they boarded it — you watch the behind-the-scenes, [it’s clear] the guys did everything right. Granted, they’re the biggest budgeted show on TV right now, but could we do something interesting with John Wick with what we have? Yeah. I’d like to give it a go and prove to the TV world that you can have feature action on a TV show. It would be a nice little feather in my cap, sure.”
While the series will focus on Wick’s colleagues, there are plans to have Reeves show up: “I think he would make an appearance,” Stahelski said. “I think that’s part of his thing, [but the series] isn’t centered around John Wick.”
Stahelski is hard at work developing John Wick: Chapter 3, which has yet to announce a set release date. “We are going to put in something about the High Table, how that all works. We’re going to put in something about where John comes from, and where he wants to go,” Stahelski told The Independent on completing the trilogy. “I don’t want to say too much more, but it will be a nice completion to Mr Wick’s journey.”