John Wick is a franchise that was a complete surprise to everyone. The unexpected success of the first film led to a sequel and now a prequel TV series.
The Continental will follow the diverse group of assassins that inhabit the hotel.
The films’ director Chad Stahelski is currently developing John Wick: Chapter 3, but he took time to discuss the TV project with IndieWire.
“They’ve got a really good structure. It’s very tied to the film [in that] 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,” said Stahelski. “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… You can be with the consigliere, concierge, the sommelier — you can be with all these different characters and walk through the world in different aspects; ones that I’m a little limited [from exploring] by staying with my lead guy,” he said.
He went on to state that the plan is for Keanu Reeves to appear, but he’s not necessarily the main focus.
The biggest challenge for the series will be maintaining the movie level action on a TV production. Stahelski, who got his start as a stunt coordinator, sees Game of Thrones as inspiration.
“Look at Battle of the Bastards. As an action designer, I think that’s the best battle I’ve ever seen on TV. They did a great job, and they weren’t careless with their money. They planned it, they boarded it — you watch the behind-the-scenes, [it’s clear] the guys did everything right,” he said. “Granted, they’re the biggest budgeted show on TV right now, but could we do something interesting with John Wick with what we have? Yeah. I’d like to give it a go and prove to the TV world that you can have feature action on a TV show. It would be a nice little feather in my cap, sure.”
The Continental doesn’t yet have a network, but the plot, setting and characters would be best served on pay cable or streaming where they aren’t hindered by broadcast standards.
Are you excited by the prospect of a John Wick TV series? Will you watch?