Lionsgate And Peacock Sign Deal For The Continental
The John Wick prequel series will screen exclusively on Peacock in 2023 alongside the first three John Wick movies. Enjoy your stay at The Continental!
Originally due to air on Starz, it has been announced that Lionsgate and Peacock have signed a multi-year deal for the streaming service to show the John Wick prequel series ‘The Continental’ exclusively. The series, set in 1975, will explore the origins and inner workings of the famous Continental Hotel. The hotel is a large piece of the John Wick movies and serves as a refuge for the various assassins within its walls. In addition, Peacock will also be showing the first three movies starring Keanu Reeves as the dog-loving assassin.
No news has been unveiled as to whether the upcoming fourth film in the franchise will also be shown on the service at a later date. But with the deal now signed and in place, we can assume that any further films in the franchise will appear on Peacock as well.
According to the press release for the prequel show, the series is:
“told from the perspective of the hotel manager, a young Winston Scott, who is dragged through 1975 New York to face a past he thought he’d left behind. In an attempt to seize control of the iconic hotel, which serves as a meeting point for the world’s most dangerous criminals, Winston charts a deadly course through the mysterious underworld of New York City.”
Kelly Campbell, President, Peacock, and direct-to-consumer had this to say about the move:
“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. We understand the value of a global franchise and Val Boreland and the 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.”
LIONSGATE CHAIRMAN KEVIN BEGGS
The chairman of Lionsgate Television Group, Kevin Beggs, echoed the sentiment:
“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 CAST AND CREW
Colin Woodell as Winston (based on the Ian McShane character in the movies) will be joined by Ayomide Adegun, who plays a young Charon (based on the Lance Reddick character). Peter Greene stars as Uncle Charlie ( A “house cleaner”), and Ben Robson as Frankie. Hubert Point-Du Jour as Miles. Jessica Allain as Lou, Mishel Prada as KD, Nhung Kate as Yen. And Mel Gibson as Cormac.
Greg Coolidge and Kirk Ward are writing, show running, and executive producing the series. They will work alongside Albert Hughes, Basil Iwanyk from Thunder Road Pictures, Erica Lee, Chad Stahelski, Derek Kolstad, David Leitch, Shawn Simmons, Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese, and Marshall Persinger.
“The Continental” will be opening its doors to guests sometime in 2023. “John Wick Chapter 4” is due for theatrical release on March 24th, 2023.
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