Starz announced Friday at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour that it is developing The Continental, an ongoing drama series based on the John Wick film franchise starring Keanu Reeves. "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".
"You can expect to see him at some point", Starz President of original programming Carmi Zlotnik said. Meanwhile, Iosef's father (Michael Nyqvist) - John's former colleague - puts a huge bounty on John's head. 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.
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"It's important to know that comes through our relationship with Lionsgate", Zlotnick said. "This is a chance to engage with the phenomenal fanbase ..."
It'll also be fun to see assassins working within the strict rules created to keep the clientele from assassinating one another - even though the penalties for conducting business on the premises generally involve a grisly death, it's hard to keep a roomful of professional killers calm for too long.
"This series is truly unlike anything else on TV", Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said. Also, Chad Stahelski, who co-directed the first John Wick film and was the sole director of Chapter two, will shoot the pilot.
John Wick star Keanu Reeves serves as an executive producer on the potential series.
Chris Collins (Sons of Anarchy, The Wire, and The Man in the High Castle) will write the series and serve as showrunner. Moreover, the show aims to include "thunderous fight sequences and intensely staged shootouts between professional assassins and their targets". Numerous executive producers, however, are from the the films' original creative team, like Basil Iwanyk, co-director Chad Stahelski, and screenwriter Derek Kolstad.