We may be pretty far away from a new “John Wick” film, but that doesn’t mean that work isn’t continuing to be done on the franchise’s first spin-off, a TV series titled “The Continental.” And in a new interview with Fandom, ‘Wick’ filmmaker Chad Stahelski not only teased that Keanu Reeves’ beloved character may make an appearance on the series, but he also explained how the series will be a very different beast than the action films that inspired it.
As you probably guessed by the title, “The Continental” is less focused on the plight of John Wick and more concerned with the hotel that bears its name, as the show is said to expand the mythology of the ‘Wick’ franchise by focusing on the location where the world’s assassins come to hang out before a job. And Stahelski said that some familiar faces might show up.
“The angle they’re working on ‘The Continental’ TV show right now is a different perspective on the whole world, it’s coming at it from different characters’ points of view and what the breadth of the world is,” explained Stahelski. “Whereas in ‘John Wick,’ I’m following a time period that’s almost just a week in the life of one man, who everything spirals out of control… The angle that the other producers and writers on the TV show are coming from is a very different timeline structure and a very different perspective of character.”
He continued, “[It’s] about how deep the world goes, and not just assassins but everything that’s included. And a lot of the origin stories are some of the characters you see in ‘Wick.’ So, it’s got some very interesting things, it’s a very interesting take on the ‘Wick’ world, which I think is pretty cool. But it won’t be from the ‘John Wick’ perspective. Not that John Wick won’t be involved with it, it’s just not from his perspective.”
Obviously, Stahelski is keen to keep the option for Wick to show up alive, as Reeves’ character is the driving force behind the popularity of the franchise. The question remains whether or not people will show up to watch a TV show set in the ‘Wick’ universe if it doesn’t regularly feature everyone’s favorite dog-loving assassin? However, given the brief description above, it does appear that “The Continental” has an interesting POV and will give people that want more ‘Wick’ worldbuilding exactly what they desire.