​A 'John Wick' TV Series Called 'The Continental' Is In The Works

For ages now we've been given films based on TV series and TV series based on films - all, of course, of varying success, but there have been some good'uns.

Hoping to prove that the movie and TV worlds can join forces to make beautiful things, Starz announced at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour that it was developing The Continental - which will be an ongoing TV drama series based on the John Wick film franchise.

Starz executives also said that Keanu Reeves is expected to be involved somehow, but he apparently won't be the lead star.

Credit: John Wick / Summit Entertainment
Credit: John Wick / Summit Entertainment

The original John Wick film, starring Reeves as the title character, was released in October 2014, becoming somewhat of a surprising success, grossing $88 million worldwide.

Its sequel was released last year and was clearly eagerly anticipated - smashing the previous figures by making $171 million at the box office. The third film is also due for release next year.

When director Chad Stahelski set out to make the first film in the series, he had every intention of it being a standalone film.

"For us and Keanu, John Wick was a one-off," he said.

"Then all of a sudden everybody wanted us to do No. 2, and No. 2 did really well. So now, he kind of had to choose where to put his time, and he's kind of vested into John Wick - at least for the series and No. 3."

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But then he started pondering the possibility of a TV series - no doubt because that's a format that's incredibly successful these days, thanks to the rise of streaming sites like Netflix.

In an interview with Indiewire, Stahelski said: "It's very tied to the film, 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."

For the sake of Keanu and co., let's just forget all the bad examples of big movies taking on the small screen, and instead focus our attention on the likes of Fargo and Avengers Assemble. It can be done, so fingers crossed for this latest venture, eh?

Featured Image Credit: John Wick / Summit Entertainment

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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