John Wick TV Spin-Off Officially Called The Continental

06/16/2017

Lionsgate is developing a TV series spin-off of the John Wick film franchise called The Continental.

 

When the first John Wick hit theaters in 2014, it kind of came out of nowhere. It marked the directorial debut of veteran stunt coordinators and second unit directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, and the R-rated actioner grossed an impressive $88 million worldwide. That then spawned a sequel, the Stahelski-helmed John Wick: Chapter 2, which doubled the gross of the original film to stand at $166 million worldwide. Stahelski is already hard at work developing John Wick 3, but the franchise is already looking to expand to the small screen with a John Wick TV series.

IndieWire got some details on the John Wick TV series that Lionsgate is currently working on, which is going under the title of The Continental. Those who have seen John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2 know that this is in reference to the hotel chain that is home to the world's league of assassins, that includes Keanu Reeves' legendary Boogeyman, John Wick. Director Chad Stahelski revealed some details about the show, explaining that the show will allow for viewers to follow other characters in that world that the movies simply can't allow. Here's what he had to say about it.

I like telling stories from my one character’s perspective. Once you put that aside with the TV show, [you can] expand to all the different characters and follow them throughout their journey. 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.

The director expanded on the story a bit more:

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.

Stahleski is confident the series could capture the magic of the John Wick franchise’s action. He cites Game of Thrones‘ “Battle of the Bastards” as an excellent example of the quality of action that TV can achieve:

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.

Stahelski work on John Wick 3 and other projects may limit his involvement with the series; and though not confirmed by Lionsgate, Stahelski indicated that Reeves might appear on the show.