Starz working on a series set in the 'John Wick' universe


Starz has announced they will be adapting the John Wick film franchise (which now consists two films and a third "Chapter 3" installment slated for 2019), into an original TV series.

Senior Vice President of Original Programming Karen Bailey will oversee for Starz, which has the domestic TV and SVOD rights, while Lionsgate has all worldwide and domestic distribution and home entertainment rights.

The Continental will be set in the John Wick universe, focusing on the inner workings of the exclusive Continental Hotel which serves as a refuge for assassins.

John Wick is heading to the small screen!

In an interview with Indiewire, Stahelski said: "It's very tied to the film, 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 you can expect to see him at some point in the series".

"It's important to know that comes through our relationship with Lionsgate", Zlotnick said.

Albrecht added that Starz looked at the fan base surrounding the films as an advantage to creating a TV show. "This is a chance to engage with the phenomenal fanbase ..."

The Continental will be executive produced by the same team behind the motion pictures, so there shouldn't be any fear that the show will stray that far from the features.

The wildly successful dog revenge fantasy franchise John Wick is coming to premium cable, and expanding the film's universe beyond the steely gaze and monotone voice of Keanu Reeves' titular character.

Speaking to open the Starz panels at the Television Critics Assn. press tour on Friday, network Chief Executive Chris Albrecht said "The Continental" and the movies will exist side by side.

Chad Stahelski - who directed the first two John Wick blockbusters and is poised to helm the third - is expected to direct the pilot. And, Chris Collins (Sons of Anarchy, The Wire) has signed on as a writer and showrunner.