The Continental Hotel plays an important role in the John Wick universe, and the Starz’s TV series spinoff will take that hotel’s name as its title as well. The Continental will most likely air in late 2021 and will be based on the super successful franchise starring Keanu Reeves as the titular John Wick.
The series will tell the story of The Continental, focusing on how the exclusive hotel serves as a refuge for professional assassins. The series is scheduled to launch sometime after the movie franchise’s fourth film, which will release in May 2021. Starz COO Jeffrey Hirsch stated, “My sense is that where we are today, the movie date has been set but we’re still in early development on the series so most likely after.” Carmi Zlotnick, president of programming for Starz, said, “I’d like to be in production sometime in 2019.”
The Continental will be written by Chris Collins and will be produced by Lionsgate TV. Basil Iwanyk from Thunder Road Pictures, Chad Stahelski, and Derek Kolstad (the writer of the John Wick films) will also join the show along with David Leitch. There are also rumours that Reeves will appear on-screen in the series, which he is also executive producing.
How much time will Reeves spend on screen? Hirsch is being pretty tight-lipped about that subject. “That is a really good question that I’m not going to answer. No answer is as good a tease as you’re going to get. It’s a great franchise, we’re excited about bringing that show to the network.” As for who will be in the series, Zlotnick explained, “There’s a whole new cast coming aboard for that and that hasn’t been seen before.”
In short, there’s a possibility you’ll see characters you recognise, but no promises.
So what can you expect from the series? “The Continental 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,” explains Starz Preident and CEO Chris Albrecht. “As well as introducing some new, darkly compelling characters who inhabit this underground world.”