The John Wick prequel series, The Continental, is on the move from Starz to Peacock.
Peacock and Lionsgate announced Monday that what’s being billed as a “three-part special event” based on the franchise. The project had been in development at Starz in different stages since 2018. The series will now be on Peacock, which has the streaming rights to the films.
'The Continental' will premiere on Peacock in 2023.
It will examine the history and inner workings of the opulent Continental Hotel, a central location in the John Wick universe and a haven for assassins.
Here is the official description of the upcoming series:
Told from the perspective of the hotel manager, a young Winston Scott (Colin Woodell, based on Ian McShane’s character in the films), is dragged through 1975 New York to face a past he thought he’d left behind. In an attempt to seize control of the iconic hotel, which serves as a meeting point for the world’s most dangerous criminals, Winston charts a deadly course through the mysterious underworld of New York City.
The series also stars:
Ayomide Adegun, who will portray a young Charon (based on Lance Reddick’s film character), Peter Greene as Uncle Charlie, Mel Gibson as Cormac, Ben Robson as Frankie, Hubert Point-Du Jour as Miles, Jessica Allain as Lou, Mishel Prada as KD, and Nhung Kate as Yen.
Greg Coolidge and Kirk Ward serve as writers and showrunners and will executive produce alongside Albert Hughes, Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee, Chad Stahelski, Derek Kolstad, David Leitch, Shawn Simmons, Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese and Marshall Persinger.
“The John Wick films have become a global phenomenon, are among the most watched titles on Peacock and we are thrilled and honored to partner with Lionsgate to extend this incredible franchise,” said Kelly Campbell, President, Peacock and Direct-to-Consumer.
“We understand the value of a global franchise and Val Boreland and team knew that by bringing this special event series to Peacock and putting the full power of NBCUniversal behind it, the premiere of The Continental will be the streaming event of the year.”
“John Wick has become part of the cultural zeitgeist with a massive, passionately engaged fan base around the world,” said Lionsgate Television Group Chair Kevin Beggs. “We’re delighted to partner with Peacock to continue expanding the John Wick Universe. This agreement reflects the collaboration of our Motion Picture Group, which has grown the franchise from the beginning and was excited by the opportunity to bring it to the next level, Jim Packer and his Worldwide Television Distribution team, which found the perfect home for The Continental, and the Lionsgate Television creative group, which created a brilliant and enduring property that is one of the most highly-anticipated streaming events of 2023.”
The next film installment, John Wick 4 is set for release March 3, 2023.