Albert Hughes is set to direct two of three of the episodes the prequel, which according to The Hollywood Reporter will be a three-part event series. Hughes and Derek Kolstad who created the franchise, will executive produce all three episodes.
The Continental was initially meant to be a traditional spinoff series that would see Chad Stahelski helm the pilot episode. However, with a newly reported budget of $20 million USD per episode, each installment will now run around 90-minutes. The prequel will be set 40 years before the events of the first John Wick film, centering around Ian McShane’s character Winston.
The three-episode series follows Winston’s story and begins “as a hitman hotelier who, along with others, create a haven for unsavory types, all set against a backdrop of 1970s New York.” Winston finds himself at the center of a series of dramatic encounters since he owns The Continental in New York City, a hotel which has long been known as a refuge for assassins in the John Wick universe.
The Continental is set to air on Starz while the fourth film, John Wick 4 will go ahead with a May 27, 2022 release.
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