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Starz and Lionsgate Confirm John Wick Spinoff Series The Continental

January 12, 2018 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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Coming Soon reports that Lionsgate and Starz have confirmed a TV spinoff based on the John Wick films is in the works. Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht announced at the TCA Winter 2018 Press tour that the two companies are working on a TV series called The Continental, which focuses on the exclusive hotel that serves as a sanctuary for assassins. Chris Collins will write the series and work as a showrunner. It will be executive produced by Thunder Road Pictures’ Basil Iwanyk, John Wick co-director Chad Stahelski, John Wick writer Derek Kolstad, Collins, John Wick co-director David Leitch and star Keanu Reeves. Stahelski will also direct the first episode.

Here’s a synopsis: Collins expands the universe in the series by focusing on the Continental Hotel and those who find refuge under its roof. Set in a hyper-real version of Los Angeles, the series maintains the urgency of the action along with the dry humor from the John Wick movies.

The films have already earned $300 million worldwide and spawned a successful VR mobile game.

Albrecht said: “This series is truly unlike anything else on TV. ’The Continental’ promises to include the thunderous fight sequences and intensely staged shootouts between professional assassins and their targets that fans have come to expect in the John Wick movie franchise as well as introducing some new, darkly compelling characters who inhabit this underground world.

Senior Vice President of Original Programming Karen Bailey will oversee for Starz, which has the domestic TV and SVOD rights, while Lionsgate has all international and domestic distribution and home entertainment rights.

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