For now, though, it’ll have to settle for the cinematic spin-off ‘Ballerina’ (starring Ana de Armas and due in theaters on June 7th next year) and three-part “event” TV series ‘The Continental: From the World of John Wick’, which has a new trailer online.
What’s the story of ‘The Continental’?
The show aims to explore the origin behind the iconic hotel-for-assassins centerpiece of the ‘John Wick’ universe through the eyes and actions of a young Winston Scott (played in the movies by Ian McShane and here as a younger man by Colin Woodell), as he’s dragged into the Hell-scape of 1970’s New York City to face a past he thought he’d left behind.
Winston charts a deadly course through the hotel’s mysterious underworld in a harrowing attempt to seize the hotel where he will eventually take his future throne.
And from the looks of this, we know his family will be in lethal danger from Mel Gibson’s criminal kingpin.
Star Woodell said this to Empire about the narrative and how his Winston is different from McShane’s:
“It’s a story of revenge and making amends for what I think is taken from my character, and that’s my love and my family. I love Ian’s embellishment of the character, and how delicious everything is. To some degree we begin to get there at the end of ‘The Continental’ and you understand what motivates him, but I didn’t get to really participate in that deliciousness.”
The director speaks
Here’s what director Albert Hughes (who made the first and third installments) had to say about the limited series:
“Everyone loves escapism in cinema. As a filmmaker I wanted to honor the spirit of escapism and excitement from the film series while introducing new fans to a hyper-stylized world they’ve never seen before. Together, executive producer/writer Kirk Ward and I had several goals –– to explore the backstories of familiar ‘Wick’ characters, introduce new and exciting ones, dig deeper into the rules and mythology while expanding the physical scope of The Continental, showing fans areas of the iconic hotel they’ve never seen before. Kirk and I had the time of our lives creating this impressionistic spin on New York in the 70s. Even the soundtrack became a character in itself and reflects all that is American culture; a tapestry of distinct identities and experiences pieced together to create something truly unique.”
Where and when can I see ‘The Continental: From the World of John Wick’?
The series launches its first part on Peacock on Friday, September 22nd, with the next following on Friday, September 29th and the final chunk streaming on Friday, October 6th.
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