Starz has officially confirmed that a Continental TV series, based on the infamous John Wick assassins’ hotel is in the works.
Chris Collins of Sons of Anarchy and The Wire fame, will serve as writer and showrunner, while John Wick director Chad Stahelski will executive produce and direct the pilot episode, with Keanu Reeves acting as executive producer – and possibly appearing in a small capacity.
Here’s how Starz is describing the new series:
“‘The Continental’ series will be set in the John Wick universe, focusing on the inner workings of the exclusive Continental Hotel which serves as a refuge for assassins. Collins expands the universe in the series by focusing on the Continental Hotel and those who find refuge under its roof. Set in a hyper-real version of Los Angeles, the series maintains the urgency of the action along with the dry humour from the John Wick movies.”
In June last year, it was reported that Stahelski and writer Derek Kolstad were kicking around the idea of a John Wick prequel series, and Stahelski is confident that “[Keanu] would make an appearance” in The Continental.
He has also compared the potential scope of the action sequences to those in Game of Thrones:
“Look at ‘Battle of the Bastards.’ 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.”
No specific premiere date has been given for The Continental as yet, but we’ll keep you posted.