The John Wick universe will be receiving a big expansion on the small screen.
A television series based on the cinematic action-thriller franchise that includes John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2 is in development at Lionsgate. The studio has remained tight lipped when it comes to the details, but a number of gems have now come to light.
First up, we now have a title. According to IndieWire, the prequel series is currently in development under the title The Continental, which is the name of the hotel chain that houses assassins and offers them a number of resources. One of The Continental’s primary rules: no “business” on hotel grounds.
IndieWire also sat down with franchise director Chad Stahelski, who was more than happy to unveil a few more gems of info.
“They’ve got a really good structure,” Stahelski said of how Lionsgate is developing the series. “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.”
And no, unfortunately Wick won’t be the main character of the series, although Stahelski does expect the ass-kicker “would make an appearance.” The director also added that Reeves was totally “vested” in Wick, and that includes appearing in the series.
While Chapter 2 opened up the scope and introduced a lot more of the universe, it could only offer so much since we were following one character. Television, Stahelski said, will allow them to widen the narrative.
“[You can] expand to all the different characters and follow them throughout their journey. 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.”
There’s still no word on who’s writing the series, but Stahelski has assured that the person they’ve chosen is “a really good showrunner.” And although there’s no official word on director/s, Stahelski did express he’d be keen to direct “a couple of episodes.”
Stahelski is currently at work developing John Wick: Chapter 3, which he’ll again direct with a script from franchise scribe Derek Kolstad.