A planned John Wick spinoff series titled The Continental is now being redeveloped into a three-night event series with three movie-length chapters.
On board to direct two of the three parts is Albert Hughes, who co-directed The Book of Eli, From Hell, Dead Presidents and Menace II Society with his brother, Allen Hughes. His first feature in solo capacity was 2018 adventure pic Alpha.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news, reporting that the three-night series will essentially consist of three features, each part coming in at around 90 minutes in length and crafted with around a budget over $US20 million.
The event series that is The Continental will be set around 40 years before the action that we saw unfold with Keanu Reeves in the John Wick films. We’ll be following a young man who goes by the name Winston – who becomes the character played by Ian McShane in the films. Continental‘s story finds Winston in his early days as a hitman hotelier, working to create a lodging haven for, you know, unsavoury types, in 1970’s New York.
Hughes will be director of episodes 1 and 3, with no director yet announced for ep 2. Hughes is also on board as executive producer on all three parts, as are Chad Stahelski (director of all three films, including the upcoming Chapter 4) and Derek Kolstad (who wrote the first three films). Reeves is reportedly in talks to also join the exec producing team.
The John Wick brand has come a long way since the first film arrived in 2014. Over three films, the film franchise has raked in close to $US600 million worldwide from a three-pic budget that amounts to around $US135 million.
John Wick: Chapter 4, with confirmed newcomers including Donnie Yen, Scott Adkins, and Hiroyuki Sanada, is currently scheduled for US release on May 27th, 2022. Chapter 5 has already been given the green light.