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Will Lionsgate serve up a ‘Continental’ for John Wick spin-off?

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The cult success of the ‘John Wick‘ movies will not only lead to a third chapter in the film franchise but also looks set to spin off into a tv series…


It’s probably fair to say that no-one suspected that the Keanu Reeves lynchpinned John Wick movies would be quite as successful as they’ve become. But you should never underestimate a dog-owner from the havoc they will rain down on those who hurt their canine friend.

With the sequel out in the last year and a third installment already in the works for next, it appears that Lionsgate has also been developing the idea for a television series.

The show would technically be a prequel to the events seen on the big screen  the project with director Chad Stahelski nvolved in the premise if not the day-to-day planned production. At the moment the project is being called  The Continental and will broaden the canvas to look at the clientele at the franchise’s chain of infamously deadly establishments, the favourite haunt and somewhat neutral ground of the world’s best assassins. In what is expected to be an anthology-type format, the idea is to follow various people staying at the hotels and some of the people employed there.

Stahelski told the Indiewire site that an appearance by Wick / Reeves is certainly an option they are considering.

“I think he would make an appearance. I think that’s part of his thing, [but the series] isn’t centered around John Wick. 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.”

There isn’t a timeline for the production to start as yet. There’s a third film that may come before it and it’s likely that Stahelski and collaborator David Leitch’s duties will see them kept busy elsewhere with a different ‘show-runner’ being appointed. Stahelski’s passion project, a Highlander reboot, is slowly moving ahead and Leitch will be directing Deadpool 2.

 

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