The team behind the movies are taking the mercenary filled universe to the small screen.
Chad Stahelski and Derek Kolstad – the writing team behind the two movies – planned on creating a series before Chapter 2 hit theaters last year. The pair have been working on the series with Lionsgate to bring it to air in the near future.
The show’s working title is “The Continental” and it will focus on the neutral grounds of the world: the hotel chain where business is conducted, and mercenaries get a little shut eye without worrying about getting assassinated (unless you’re John Wick). It will tell the stories of the world around Wick – the staff, the clientele, the marks. There has been a mention of possible cameos from Keanu Reeves – if his schedule permits. That said, Wick is not the titular character here. Stahelski, who will be showrunner on the project rather than writer, told Indiewire:
“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.”
Stahelski is also hoping to get some Game of Thrones level action into the series – John Wick style. He’s got more than a decade of stunt work under his belt, which is really evident when you watch the pair of movies. I’m hoping along there with him. This needs to keep with the hard hitting style of the movies.
If you haven’t taken the time to watch the Screen Junkies interview with Chad Stahelski and Dave Leitch, do. It’s great and they talk a lot about how the big actions scenes were developed.
Do you think the universe of the movies will make must see TV?