Director Chad Stahelksi shares that Lionsgate is developing a prequel series called The Continental that takes place within the world of John Wick.
If you like action movies and have not yet seen John Wick 1 and 2, I suggest you go do that right now. I’ll wait… The John Wick movies thus far are quality actions films that center on a retired hitman who was brought back into the life he left behind to seek vengeance on an individual who took the one thing from him that would allow him to grieve after the loss of his wife. However, it’s not so much the story that is intriguing, but the intricate world that John Wick lives in that’s very cool and hints at so much more going on behind the scenes. A third film is on the horizon, but now director Chad Stahelksi tells IndieWire that a prequel television series is also in the works.
The working title for the series is “The Continental”, which for those familiar with the films know is the name of the chain of hotels across the world where this network of assassins work out of (as well as getting tailored, armed, and gather information) and within which “business” is not allowed to be conducted. So what would the series be about and how will it tie into the John Wick movies? Stahelksi shared with IndieWire what Lionsgate’s plans are.
“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. 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.”
When watching the first two movies did you wonder how people become members of the Continental? How do they get those gold coins? How far reaching does their influence go? How does everyone know each other and what previous encountered did they have? The series may answer many of those questions. On the flip side, I’m sure many people reading this will also point out that one of the main reasons John Wick 1 and 2 were so good is because there was this huge mysterious world hinted at and they didn’t spoonfeed us a full backstory to explain it all away. A prequel series certainly presents the possibility of ruining that mystique.
Regardless of where you might fall on that argument, Stahelksi suggests that this prequel series will be different from the movies for one main reason. The series won’t center on John Wick.
“I like telling stories from my one character’s perspective. 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.”
“I think [John] would make an appearance. I think that’s part of his thing, [But the series] isn’t centered around John Wick.”
What do you think? Are you interested in seeing more stories told within the framework of the assassin universe of the John Wick movies? Does a prequel series focusing on The Continental without the title character of John Wick turn you off? Share your thoughts in the discussion board below. There’s no confirmed release date at the moment, but I will keep you informed as soon as I hear any news about this project.