At the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, Starz announced it was developing The Continental, an ongoing drama series based on the John Wick film franchise starring Keanu Reeves, with Reeves expected to make an appearance in the potential series but not be the star of it.
Starz’s head of programming Carmi Zlotnik said during Starz’s TCA session “the show and the movies exist side by side.” Calling The Continental “truly unlike anything else on TV,” adding that it “promises to include the thunderous fight sequences and intensely staged shootouts between professional assassins and their targets that fans have come to expect in the John Wick movie franchise as well as introducing some new, darkly compelling characters who inhabit this underground world.”
Acclaimed writer/producer Chris Collins (Sons of Anarchy, The Wire, The Man in the High Castle) will write the series and serve as showrunner. The show will be executive produced by a creative team led by Thunder Road Pictures’ Basil Iwanyk (the John Wick film franchise, The Town, Sicario), Chad Stahelski (John Wick co-director and John Wick: Chapter 2 director), and John Wick franchise screenwriter Derek Kolstad, along with Collins, David Leitch (John Wick co-director, Deadpool 2) and Keanu Reeves.
Stahelski, who is directing another Keanu Reeves TV series called Rain, will direct the premiere episode of The Continental, and previously teased the possibilities that the TV series would provide:
“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… 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.”
No premiere date has been announced for The Continental but production on the show will likely get underway soon with a premiere date sometime in 2019. John Wick: Chapter 3 release date is currently in the works, eyeing a May 2019 date.