Chad Stahelski, director of the cinematographic proposals, already affirmed, in the middle of the pandemic confinement, that ‘The Continental’ was “one of the first things” to which they would return as soon as possible. Thus, what is now structured as a three-part prequel to the hit action saga starring Keanu Reeves, was at that time a series that was beginning to take its first steps around “a very different temporal structure and a very different character perspective”. Since then we have been learning more details of this proposal, some of them thanks to the head of Lionsgate Television, Kevin Beggs.
This executive of the study that has been the home of ‘John Wick’ for years, has assured that what is being explored in ‘The Continental’ “It’s a young Winston [interpretado por Ian McShane en el cine] and how he managed to get his team of allies to meet at this hotel that we first met in the movie franchise 40 years later. “In this way, Beggs revealed that we are facing a time jump of four decades between this new project and what we have seen on the big screen with Reeves, adding that “The way we approach this first season is with three 90-minute film-style events that could be interpreted as a miniseries “.
Beggs did not want to give more details, but thanks to the recently released information compiled by The Hollywood Reporter, we are getting a much more accurate idea of what is cooked in Starz. And it is that this North American medium has ensured that Albert Hughes (‘Eli’s book’) will direct two of the three episodes of ‘The Continental’, “famous corner within the movie franchise as the hotel of assassins, a neutral territory where you can’t kill anyone”, explica Beggs.
The fact is that apparently this premise would have meant a considerable increase in investment, resulting in every episode of ‘The Continental’ would have “a budget of more than 20 million dollars”, so the complete series would reach 60 million dollars in total. If finally said investment suggested by THR sources is correct, the aforementioned miniseries would exceed the cost of the first two ‘John Wick’ films, made with around 30 million dollars and about 40, respectively. Only ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’ would have spent more than this origin story will suppose designed for the small screen, since its budget is around 75 million.