Well here’s some news that will no doubt make our webmistress Bat very happy. Joining the collecting of growing universes is one centered around John Wick, Lionsgate’s surprise hit of 2014, a film which led to a superior sequel last year. One of the many things the latter did was to expand the world of the first film, particularly its final shot.
Last year, Lionsgate revealed plans to turn John Wick into an expansive universe with Ballerina, which will be about a young woman raised as an assassin who must hunt down the other assassins that murdered her family. And the other day, news broke out that Starz is teaming up with Lionsgate TV to develop a TV series called The Continental, which will focus on the inner workings of the Continental Hotel seen in the films which serves as a refuge for assassins.
The Continental is being written by Chris Collins who serves as showrunner. Keanu Reeves serves as an executive producer, and Starz’s head of programming Carmi Zlotnik said that: “you can expect to see him at some point in the series”.
According to Starz CEO Chris Albrecht:
“The show and the movies exist side by side. The Continental will be truly unlike anything else on TV. It promises to include the thunderous fight sequences and intensely staged shootouts between professional assassins and their targets that fans have come to expect in the John Wick movie franchise as well as introducing some new, darkly compelling characters who inhabit this underground world.”
Sounds quite exciting I think…..