Peacock Grabs ‘John Wick’ Prequel Miniseries ‘The Continental’ – The Hollywood Reporter


The long-gestating John Wick prequel miniseries has a brand new house.

The Contintental will premiere on Peacock in 2023 as a part of a take care of Lionsgate, which produces the movie franchise. The NBCUniversal streaming service already has rights to the three John Wick films, starring Keanu Reeves because the titular murderer.

The Continental had beforehand been arrange on the Lionsgate-owned Starz, the place it had been in improvement (in varied permutations) since 2018.

“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,” mentioned Kelly Campbell, president Peacock and direct to shopper at NBCU. “We understand the value of a global franchise, and [executive vp, head of content acquisitions] 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.”

Added Lionsgate Television Group chair Kevin Beggs, “John Wick has become part of the cultural zeitgeist with a massive, passionately engaged fan base around the world. 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 Continental is about in 1975 on the New York resort that serves as a respite and assembly place for the world’s most harmful criminals. It facilities on Winston Scott (Colin Woodell, taking part in a youthful model of Ian McShane’s character within the films), who needs to take management of the resort however should chart a course by way of New York’s underworld to take action.

The three-episode sequence’ solid additionally contains Ayomide Adegun as a younger Charon (performed by Lance Reddick within the movies), Peter Greene, Ben Robson, Hubert Point-Du Jour, Jessica Allain, Mishel Prada, Nhung Kate and Mel Gibson. Gibson’s casting sparked a social Media backlash primarily based on his historical past of antisemitic remarks and his 2011 no contest plea to battery on former associate Oksana Grigorieva.

Greg Coolidge and Kirk Ward are writing the miniseries and can function showrunners. They government produce with director Albert Hughes; Thunder Road Pictures’ Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee; John Wick franchise mainstays Chad Stahelski, Derek Kolstad and David Leitch; and Shawn Simmons, Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese and Marshall Persinger. Hughes is directing the primary and third episodes, and Charlotte Brandstrom (The Witcher, Amazon’s Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power) will helm the second.

Boreland, government vp and head of content material acquisitions at NBCUniversal, and Lionsgate TV’s Packer negotiated the deal.

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