John Wick was one of the big surprises in the year it came out. On a surface level, it looked a lot like your typical cheesy action flick, and while Keanu Reeves has proven in the past to be great in certain roles, he’s also been known to crash and burn in roles that didn’t fit him as well. Luckily for us, the film turned out to be pretty damn great, and it’s since gone on to spawn a stellar sequel. But that’s not the end of the franchise. We know that a third film is also in the works, and even a prequel TV show from the same director and writer over at Lionsgate.
Now, Indiewire is reporting that aforementioned TV show now has a title: The Continental.
To fans of the film will recognize the title right away, as it’s the name of the special worldwide hotel chain dedicated to assassins like John Wick. The hotel was a fantastic concept, and is honestly one of the reasons the world of John Wick works so damn well. Were it not for the elaborate underground ecosystem they had built with The Continental, the mythology behind John Wick would be a whole lot less interesting.
Director Chad Stahelski had the following to say about the upcoming series:
“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.”
However, fans of John Wick himself may be a bit disappointed, as the series would not revolve around his character. Stahelski, however, did not rule out a potential appearance, but was careful to state that the TV show would tackle different characters in this world.
“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.”
Stahelski went on to say that he hopes he ends up directing a few of the episodes, but at the moment, they’re just at the development stage.
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