'John Wick' TV-Spin-Off, THE CONTINENTAL, In The Works; Keanu Reeves May Guest Star


I suppose actor Keanu Reeves's current success and busy schedule with Lionsgate's John Wick franchise makes the current myopia on his previously-announced attachment to the Rain series somewhat forgiveable. Granted of course it's something I still hope to see flourish, and while it is especially great to see such a fresh new property blooming beyond the big screen with word via Indiewire regarding The Continental.

The show aims to spin-off from the films with further exploration of characters operating within the auspices of the titular assassins' luxury hotel chain. Chad Stahelski, who directed the latest sequel John Wick: Chapter 2 is developing the project with franchise scribe Derek Kolstad and have been doing so since long before the sequel's arrival.
“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.”
On bringing Reeves into the mix, Stahelski weighed in on keeping the balance even by centering the series within the films while best in service of its own character development.
“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.” 
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“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'm inclined to be really dorky here and acknowledge this as the start of the "Baba Yagaverse" - a reference per the 2014 film...

Of course you can laugh. I am funny!

Stahelski also addressed the Rain TV series adaptation inspired by the 2009 Max Mannix thriller, Hard Rain as aforementioned, pretty much confirming the success of John Wick attributed to Rain's lack of movement. Though the show itself doesn't appear to be off the to-do list, it's kind of a fair deal considering all else.

Stahelski is working on the third film chapter with the likelihood of directing from returning scribe Derek Kolstad script. Both John Wick and its sequel are now available wherever movies are sold.

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