The Continental - Season 1

(2023)

Coming soon

Starz

2023

Synopsis

The Continental is an iconic safe house for assassins run by the enigmatic hotel manager, Winston; but in the 1970s it was just an idea in the head of a young man. As the garbage piles high on the streets and the influence of the Mafia grows, New York City turns into a grimy underworld. Where there is frustration and disillusionment, there is also opportunity. Winston and his associates acquired the Continental under mysterious circumstances. Their role in setting up a network of lethal international assassins and their relationship with The High Table, a powerful criminal council of members, is all set to be uncovered. The history of The Continental tells a story of high-stakes criminal activity and the man guarding all those secrets is at the center of this story.

What to know

The Continental Season 1 is an upcoming limited series set within the John Wick universe. Produced by Lionsgate Television, the show had originally been set to air on Starz before making its way to streaming platform Peacock. The show has undergone a raft of changes but has settled on its unique format. It consists of three 90-minute episodes. Albert Hughes, best known for his works Menace II Society and The Book of Eli, is confirmed to direct the first and third episodes. The original creative team behind the John Wick films including Keanu Reeves, Chad Stahelski, and Derek Kolstad are confirmed to be producers of the series.

The show centers around a young Winston who is set to be portrayed by Colin Woodell. Ian McShane, who played the original character in the movies will not be reprising his role as the show is a prequel to the films. Academy award winner Mel Gibson portrays Cormac, a new character in the franchise who will play opposite Woodell’s Winston. Franchise-favourite Uncle Charlie, known to clean the scene, also has a younger version, played by Peter Greene. ‘The Adjudicator’, an ominous new character will be played by Katie McGrath. The expanded cast also sees roles for Jessica Allain, Nhung Kate, Jeremy Bobb, and Ayomide Adegun.

Where to stream

The Continental is set for release in 2023 and will be available to stream on Peacock. The first three films of the John Wick franchise can already be enjoyed on Peacock.

Production: Timeline, news & updates

Production: Timeline, news & updates

  • January 31, 2017: Director and screenwriter duo Chad Stahelski and Derek Kolstad confirm that they are planning a TV spinoff from the John Wick franchise that they created. Lionsgate was confirmed to be interested. (Source: SlashFilm)
  • June 14, 2017: The show is given the title “The Continental”. It is confirmed to be produced by and potentially even starring Keanu Reeves. Chris Collins is signed on as showrunner. A brief synopsis confirms that the series will follow happenings at The Continental hotel, a safe house for assassins across the world. (Source: IndieWire)
  • January 12, 2018: Starz is confirmed to be the network home of the television series. Chad Stahelski is set to direct the first episode of the new series providing some continuity between the movies and the television show. Other franchise veterans, Derek Kolstad, and David Leitch both act as producers of The Continental alongside Stahleski and Keanu Reeves. (Source: Collider)
  • May 16, 2020: In an interview with Fandom, director Chad Stahelski confirmed some plot details about the television show. He confirmed that The Continental will offer some of the origin stories of the characters best-known for their role in the John Wick films. He also noted that the series would look at events from different perspectives, showing the breadth of the world created by the writers. (Source: Collider)
  • April 23, 2021: The TV chairman of Lionsgate, Kevin Biggs, made some key announcements about The Continental. The show is set to occur 40 years before the first John Wick movie. It will detail the story of a young Winston, the hotel manager.(Source: Collider)
  • July 16, 2021: The Continental is revealed to be a three-night event series. Two of the episodes are set to be directed by action maestro Albert Hughes. Chad Stahleski was originally set to direct one episode but has stepped back into the role of executive producer instead. (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)
  • October 18, 2021: Academy Award winner Mel Gibson is confirmed to be playing a lead character in the series named Cormac. Further details confirm that the show is set in New York City in 1975. (Source: Collider)
  • October 19, 2021: Colin Woodell is cast alongside Mel Gibson in the other lead role as the young Winston Scott. Woodell will be taking on the iconic character made famous by Ian McShane in the John Wick movies. The limited series will chart his rise to power. (Source: Collider)
  • November 10, 2021: News confirms the casting of Ayomide Adegun as a young Charon, Jeremy Bobb as Mayhew, and Peter Greene as Uncle Charlie. (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)
  • August 15, 2022: The Continental, which was originally set to premiere on Starz is moved to streaming service Peacock, where it has a 2023 release date. (Source: Collider)

3 Episodes


Genres

Action & Adventure, Crime, Mystery & Thriller

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