The John Wick universe gets its first spin-off
Mel Gibson becomes the newest member in The Continental, the prequel to Keanu Reeves-starrer John Wick. It will be presented as a three-night special-event TV series, produced for Starz by Lionsgate Television.
Gibson has returned to television after a long time. The actor actually made his debut in the Australian drama The Sullivans which aired from 1976-1983. He then got his breakthrough role in George Miller’s Mad Max, and became a Hollywood action star through movies like Lethal Weapon.
About the franchise
The Continental will delve deep into the mysterious hotel intended just for assassins. It became the centrepiece in all three John Wick movies, and invited a lot of curiosity. The lead character will be a young Winston Scott, who gets caught up in the criminal underworld of 1975 New York to face a past he thought he had left behind. Winston then starts on a deadly mission to seize control over the entire hotel, a meeting place of the world’s most dangerous criminals. Ian McShane played the character in the three films, but we have not received any word on who will play his younger version. Gibson plays a character named Cormac.
The John Wick trilogy grossed almost $600 million at the worldwide box office. It came from modest beginnings and became a worldwide phenomenon. The Continental is written and executive produced by Greg Coolidge and Kirk Ward. They will also serve as showrunners. It’s produced by Thunder Road Pictures’Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee, Stahelski, Kolstad, David Leitch, Shawn Simmons, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
McShane and Reeves’ return
Unfortunately, neither Reeves nor McShane will star in the prequel series. However, McShane said he might do voice-over work, and Lionsgate said that Reeves may serve as an executive producer.