In case you forgot it, the John wick The franchise has a limited-series TV prequel in the works. And now this prequel has found one of its directors.
According to Hollywood journalist, Albert Hughes – who co-directed the films Eli’s book and From hell along with his twin brother, Allen – was chosen to direct the first and third episodes of John Wick’s three-part “event series”.
The continental takes place 40 years before the events of Lionsgate’s first film on the unsavory streets of 1970s New York City. The story will follow Winston, a young version of Ian McShane’s character in the films, who runs the assassin-friendly hotel .
The spin-off has been in development since at least 2019 and was initially slated to be a regular TV series. It has since evolved into a limited three-part series, where each installment is film-length and has a budget of $ 20 million. It will eventually air on Starz.
Other than Hughes who joined the project – which Lionsgate has not confirmed – we know very little about The continental. (SYFY WIRE has contacted the studio for comment but has not had a response at the time of writing.) We do know, however, that a lot of John wick movies are part of the effort. Executive producers of the limited series include Hughes, original Wick screenwriter Derek Kolstad, franchise director Chad Stahelski and David Leitch.
No news yet on when The continental will go into production or who will join the cast. The development of the limited series, however, shows how Lionsgate seeks to develop the John wick universe. To this end, John wick 4 is always going forward and has built its cast with skilled actors and fighters like Donnie Yen.
Unless things change John wick 4 is slated for release on May 27, 2022. We don’t know if The continental will be released before or after the fourth film, but given that it takes place in the past, that probably won’t have a direct impact on the events of the next film.