Sunday, 21 January, 2018

'John Wick' TV Spinoff Coming to Starz; Keanu Reeves Expected to Guest

Poster for John Wick 2. Lionsgate Poster for John Wick 2. Lionsgate
Stacy Diaz | 13 January, 2018, 07:46

Continuing the cross-pollinating nature of film and TV, Starz announced Friday it is developing "The Continental", a drama series spun out of the action-movie franchise "John Wick". Reeves, who makes famous the titular assassin in the critically-acclaimed movie franchise, is expected to make an appearance on the series. The potential series will be set in the John Wick universe and focus on the inner-workings of the exclusive Continental Hotel - a hotel for assassins with their own set of rules.

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A series adaptation of the John Wick franchise had been eyed for some time, with Stahelski teasing months ago that there was strong interest and that Lionsgate was already in early development on the project. Now, after cleaning up at the box office, Starz have announced that they're teaming up with Lionsgate to develop The Continental, a TV spinoff that'll explore the titular NY hotel in which the world's top assassins can operate from and socialize amongst each other without fear of being killed (well, most of the time anyway).

And as one last, friendly reminder, John Wick: Chapter Three comes to theaters on May 17, 2019.

A still of the Continental Hotel in John Wick
A still of the Continental Hotel in John Wick

"This is an opportunity to really engage in the phenomenal fan base that has risen up around the John Wick franchises", Albrecht said. Reeves will also serve as one of the show's producers.

The hype of director Chad Stahelski's John Wick: Chapter 2 had led to talks of a third installment well before the film's successful release, and now, Stahelski, with support from Starz and Lionsgate, will try to recreate that success with The Continental.

Chris Collins (Sons of Anarchy, The Wire, Man in the High Castle) is the showrunner and will pen the script.

Keanu Reeves, who starred in the film franchise which is now on its second sequel, will serve as an executive producer on the series and could guest star.