Earlier this year John Wick director Chad Stahelski and screenwriter Derek Kolstad revealed that they had plans for a prequel TV series set in the same world as the films. With the success of John Wick: Chapter 2, it seems as though the project is full steam ahead. A show tentatively titled The Continental is currently in development with Lionsgate, and it looks like Keanu Reeves might guest star.
Speaking with IndieWire, Stahelski notes:
“They’ve got a really good structure,” Stahelski said. “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. 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.”
As far as Keanu Reeves’ involvement is concerned, Stahelski had this to say:
“I think he would make an appearance,” Stahelski said. “I think that’s part of his thing, [But the series] isn’t centered around John Wick.”
“I like telling stories from my one character’s perspective,” Stahelski said. “Once you put that aside with the TV show, [you can] expand to all the different characters and follow them throughout their journey. 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.”
Stahelski hopes to be involved throughout the development stage and eventually direct a few episodes.
I don’t know about you, but I’m very into this. Word is that Chapter 3 will be the end of the John Wick story in theaters, but I doubt that many fans will be satisfied with that if it comes to pass. A television series would be a very welcome thing indeed.