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    The Continental - John Wick TV show

    ‘John Wick’ TV Show: Keanu Reeves Expected to Guest Star, a New Title, and More Plans for the Prequel
    Chad Stahelski hopes to direct part of "The Continental," the "John Wick" prequel series focused on the "magical, mythical" world of the assassins' hotel.

    TV Critic Ben Travers Jun 14, 2017 8:00 am @BenTTravers


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    Prior to the box office boom of “John Wick: Chapter 2,” the film’s director and franchise mastermind Chad Stahelski said he and screenwriting partner Derek Kolstad had plans for a TV series. Those plans are still in motion, with the project in development at Lionsgate and a new title assigned to the prequel.

    IndieWire has learned that the series is being developed under the name, “The Continental,” and Lionsgate is “very excited” about the series. In a separate interview, Stahelski said the focus was expected to be the “cool, Wick-ian, magical, and mysterious world” of the titular hotel.

    “They’ve got a really good structure,” Stahelski said. “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.”

    “John Wick: Chapter 2” was the first to delve into the worldwide reach of The Continental, a hotel chain that serves as a respite for assassins and an access point for resources specific to the job. No “business” is allowed on hotel grounds, and Wick (Keanu Reeves) faces repercussions for violating that rule heading into the upcoming third film.

    “I like telling stories from my one character’s perspective,” Stahelski said. “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.”

    That being said, plans for the series include incorporating Wick into the story — and putting Reeves on-screen.

    “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.”



    Lionsgate could not confirm Reeves’ role in the series at this time, nor say who is writing the show — Stahelski said he’s “a really good showrunner” — but the director wants to stay as involved as time allows, given that he’s directing the third “John Wick” as well as pursuing other feature film projects.

    “Currently, I’d like to stay involved throughout the development stage and hopefully direct a couple of episodes,” he said to IndieWire

    Stahelski and Reeves’ busy schedule also contributed to their other TV project — “Rain,” the limited series based on Barry Eisler’s novel — being put on the back-burner.

    “I think ‘Rain’ is kind of on hold right now,” Stahelski said. “It deals with Keanu’s schedule. He’s a busy guy, and he’s in love with the ‘Wick’ franchise, so he wants to put his time and energy into that.

    “For us and Keanu, [‘John Wick’] was a one-off,” he added. “That’s when we were developing ‘Rain,’ in between [Chapter 1 and Chapter 2], and then all of a sudden everybody wanted us to do No. 2, and No. 2 did really well. So now, he kind of had to choose where to put his time, and he’s kind of vested into ‘John Wick’ — at least for the series and No. 3 of ‘John Wick.’ And if he chooses to afterwards, there’s always ‘Rain.'”

    Stahelski, though, remains very excited about shooting television.

    “Look at ‘Battle of the *******s,'” Stahelski said of the action-packed “Game of Thrones” episode. “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,” he said.

    “John Wick: Chapter 2” is now available on Digital HD, 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD.

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    Starz ... with Keanu Reeves

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    Some Starz content is on Amazon Prime so hopefully I can watch this there.

    JANUARY 12, 2018 11:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
    'John Wick' TV Series in the Works at Starz (With Keanu Reeves Attached)
    'The Continental' will be exec produced by the screenwriter behind the franchise as well as original star Reeves.


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    'The Continental' will be exec produced by the screenwriter behind the franchise as well as original star Reeves.

    John Wick is the latest feature film to get the small-screen treatment.

    Starz announced Friday at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour that it was developing The Continental, an ongoing drama series based on the John Wick film franchise starring Keanu Reeves. Reeves, Starz execs said, is expected to make an appearance in the potential series but will not star.

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

    Chris Collins (Sons of Anarchy, The Wire, Man in the High Castle) will pen the script and serve as showrunner should the drama move forward. The original film's creative team is on board for the TV offshoot, with Thunder Road Pictures' Basil Iwanyk — who produced the first two features and serves in the same capacity on the forthcoming third — leads an exec producing team that also includes Chad Stahelski (who directed the first two and is returning for the third), original franchise screenwriter Derek Kolstad, Collins, David Leitch (who co-directed the original) and Reeves. Stahelski will direct the premiere of The Continental, should the script move forward.



    The John Wick franchise — produced by Lionsgate, which now fully owns Starz — has grossed nearly $300 million worldwide. The third feature, with Reeves starring, is due in 2019. Starz will retain domestic multiplatform pay TV and SVOD rights to the series, while Lionsgate will control international, domestic distribution and home entertainment rights.

    "This series is truly unlike anything else on TV,” Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said. “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 introduce some new, darkly compelling characters who inhabit this underground world.”

    The Continental arrives as reboots and spinoffs remain in high demand while broadcast, cable and streaming platforms continue to look for proven franchises in a bid to cut through a cluttered landscape that is expected to top 520 original scripted series in 2018. Key to the reboots is having the original producers involved, which The Continental has with Lionsgate and the John Wick's original producing team.

    The project arrives as Starz continues to ramp up its scripted offerings from Lionsgate after the company was sold last year. Starz went to series on Lionsgate-produced Vida and Stephenie Meyer's The Rook. Those join a roster of scripted originals that includes American Gods, Ash vs. Evil Dead, The Missing, Outlander, Power, Counterpart, Howard's End and Sweetbitter.
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    The Continental - John Wick TV show

    'John Wick' Spinoff 'Ballerina' Lands 'Underworld' Director
    OCTOBER 08, 2019 10:24AM by Aaron Couch


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    Len Wiseman will helm the film, which centers on a female assassin.

    The next piece of a John Wick universe is falling into place. Filmmaker Len Wiseman is coming on board to direct Ballerina, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Plot details are being kept in a safe in the Continental Hotel, but the film centers a female assassin.

    The script comes from Shay Hatten, who sold the pitch to Lionsgate in 2017 at the age of 23. He penned the story on nights and weekends while working as an assistant at Robert Downey Jr.'s Team Downey, and since then has gone on to earn writing credits on Zack Snyder's upcoming Netflix zombie movie Army of the Dead and last year's John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, the latest entry in the Keanu Reeves franchise that also happened to introduce a ballet academy to the universe.

    Basil Iwanyk, Erica Lee and John Wick filmmaker Chad Stahelski will produce Ballerina. Reeves will executive produce, with James Myers overseeing for Lionsgate. The latest John Wick film earned $323 million globally and the studio is currently working on a fourth installment, due out in 2021.

    Wiseman, who is known for the Underworld franchise and helming Live Free or Die Hard, is repped by CAA, Hatten by Lee Stobby Entertainment.

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    Albert Hughes

    ‘John Wick’ Prequel Event Series ‘The Continental’ Lands Albert Hughes as Lead Director (Exclusive)
    The Lionsgate and Starz event series will detail the origin of the hotel for assassins.

    BY BORYS KIT
    JULY 16, 2021 1:10PM

    Albert Hughes COURTESY OF ALBERT HUGHES

    Director Albert Hughes has checked into The Continental.

    The filmmaker, who with his brother co-directed movies such as Menace II Society and The Book of Eli, has signed on to direct two episodes of Lionsgate and Starz’s three-installment event series based on the hit John Wick action movies that star Keanu Reeves.

    Continental, which is set in the unique hotel for assassins in the Wick movies, was initially envisioned as spinoff series but was redeveloped as a three-night event series with movie length and movie budgets. The installments are to run about 90 minutes in length and, according to sources, have budgets upwards of $20 million.

    Hughes will direct the first and third episode while executive producing all three. A director for episode two has not yet been chosen.

    Lionsgate and Starz had no comment.

    Many members of the film franchise are involved, with Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road, original screenwriter Derek Kolstad and franchise director Chad Stahelski exec producing. (Stahelski was slated to direct the premiere episode when Continental was to have been a series.) David Leitch is also an exec producer while Reeves is in talks to exec produce, as well.

    A prequel spinoff, Continental is set 40 years before the events of the Wick series and focuses on a young man named Winston. He will one day grow up to be the character played by Ian McShane in the Wick movies but in the prequel’s story is a young man starting as a hitman hotelier who, along with others, create a haven for unsavory types, all set against a backdrop of 1970s New York.

    Wick, and building out an expanded media universe, is a top priority for Lionsgate as it looks to lay a foundation of franchises as a company that does not own a library of big IP brands. The movies organically built a worldwide following one movie at a time, with the three movies generating close to $600 million on a global scale. Recognition factor and ancillary sales are huge and Wick 4 is now in production, with a fifth one to shoot after.

    Hughes and his brother Allen Hughes directed and wrote key 1990s urban dramas Menace, which premiered at Cannes, and Dead Presidents, and were two of the few high-profile Black filmmakers of the era. The brothers eventually went on separate filmmaking paths and as a solo helmer, Hughes last directed the well-regarded feature Alpha, an adventure story set in prehistoric times, and a premiere episode of Ethan Hawke’s acclaimed Western series, The Good Lord Bird.

    He is repped by CAA and Goodman Genow.
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    Oct 19, 2021 1:15pm PT
    ‘John Wick’ Starz Prequel Series ‘The Continental’ Adds Five to Cast, Including ‘Vida’ Alum Mishel Prada


    By Joe Otterson


    Don Braun; Adrien Sauvage; Ben Rigby
    The “John Wick” prequel series at Starz, “The Continental,” is rounding out its main cast with five new additions.

    Mishel Prada (“Vida”) will play KD; Hubert Point Du-Jour (“Blindspot,” “Madame Secretary”) will play Miles; Jessica Allain (“The Laundromat,” “Thriller”) has been cast as Lou; Nhung Kate (“Swapping Fate,” “The Better Man”) has been cast as Yen; and Ben Robson (“Animal Kingdom,” “Vikings”) has been cast as Frankie.

    The five join previously announced series lead Colin Woodell as well as cast member Mel Gibson.

    “The Continental” will explore the origin behind the titular hotel-for-assassins through the eyes and actions of Winston Scott (Woodell), 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 the 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. In the films, Scott is played by Ian McShane.

    “The Continental,” which will air as a three-episode event series, hails from writers and executive producers Greg Coolidge and Kirk Ward, who also serve as showrunners. Chad Stahelski, Derek Kolstad, David Leitch, Shawn Simmons, Paul Wernick, and Rhett Reese all serve as executive producers with Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee of Thunder Road Pictures also executive producing.

    Point Du-Jour is repped by Buchwald and Kanner Entertainment Inc. Allain is repped by UTA, Link Entertainment and Independent Talent Group. Prada is repped by UTA. Nhung is repped by Bowery Artists. Robson is repped by Management 360 and Rogue Management.
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    More cast additions

    Nov 10, 2021 10:41am PT
    ‘John Wick’ Prequel Series ‘The Continental’ At Starz Casts Peter Greene, Ayomide Adegun and Jeremy Bobb

    By Selome Hailu

    Adegun: Samuel Black; Bobb: Jeremy Bobb
    Starz announced that Peter Greene, Ayomide Adegun and Jeremy Bobb have been cast in “The Continental,” the upcoming three-episode prequel series based on Lionsgate’s “John Wick” film franchise.

    First greenlit in 2018, the series centers on the backstory of the titular Continental hotel from the perspective of the manager, a young Winston Scott (Colin Woodel, based on Ian McShane’s character in the films). Winston is dragged through 1975 New York City in order to face a past he thought he’d left behind and seize control of the hotel, which serves as a meeting point for the world’s most dangerous criminals.

    Greene will play Uncle Charlie, a younger version of David Patrick Kelly’s character from the films, who cleans up bodies and crime scenes for criminals. Greene’s previous credits include “Training Day” and “For Life.” Adegun will play Charon, the Continental’s concierge played by Lance Reddick in the films. Bobb, who has appeared in “Russian Doll” and “The Knick,” will play Mayhew, a new character to the franchise.

    They join previously announced cast members including Woodell, Hubert Point-Du Jour as Miles, Jessica Allain as Lou, Mishel Prada as KD, Nhung Kate as Yen, Mel Gibson as Cormac and Ben Robson as Frankie.

    Greg Coolidge and Kirk Ward serve as writers and showrunners, and executive produce alongside Albert Hughes, Thunder Road Pictures’ Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee, Chad Stahelski, Derek Kolstad, David Leitch, Shawn Simmons, Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese and Marshall Persinger. Hughes will direct the first and third episodes while Charlotte Brändström directs the second. “The Continental” is produced for Starz by Lionsgate television.

    (Pictured: Jeremy Bobb, left; Ayomide Adegun, right)
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