John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum took us on an incredible journey around the world with our favorite Baba Yaga. Besides watching Wick get crafty on horseback, Parabellum also provided us with some further insight into the assassin world. Some upcoming John Wick installments will dive deeper still into this world and its history. In addition to the upcoming John Wick 4 and 5, we also have The Continental. Once described as a series, The Continental is now a trilogy of feature-length episodes set in the John Wick universe. Specifically, 40 years before the events of the movies, focusing on the notorious Continental institution.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Albert Hughes will direct the first two installments of the trilogy. He is best known for Menace II Society, Dead Presidents, and The Book of Eli. Meanwhile, John Wick director Chad Stahelski and screenwriter Derek Kolstad will executive produce. The trilogy will ultimately air on Starz.
Given that the miniseries takes place 40 years before John Wick, we can expect that the character won’t make an appearance. Instead, also per THR, it will focus on a much younger version of Ian McShane’s Winston character, circa the 1970s.
Prior to this update, the last we had heard about The Continental was 2019’s Television Critics Association event. During this, Starz COO Jeffrey Hirsch shared some information about the upcoming project. According to Hirsch, the show will act as a prequel of sorts, focusing on the fictional underworld hotel, The Continental. We’ll be able to see how the hotel functions without the impending danger Wick brings to it.
Given the timeline, this series probably won’t tie too much into the upcoming films, but we’re more than fine with that. Part of the fun of the Wick franchise is learning how these hitmen networks operate. We’re interested in seeing how they work without the Baba Yaga on their backs.
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Originally published on July 29, 2019.