‘John Wick’ Prequel Casts Three New Characters in ‘The Continental’

by Chase Thomas

Worry not, John Wick superfans. The prequel for the films starring acting legend Keanu Reeves will be here before you know it. This is just like Christmas for a lot of folks, I suspect. The prequel series already added a blockbuster in Mel Gibson along with Colin Woodell earlier in the process. However, now the show has added a few more names that you might be familiar with and they include Peter Greene, Ayomide Adegun and Jeremy Bobb.

The Continental will not be presented as a traditional television show, like an NCIS, no, this is going to be more akin to Game of Thrones down the stretch with a heavy barrage of longer episodes to set the stage for the John Wick movies we have come to know and love.

As the name suggests, the film will center around the hot spot for assassins at that hotel we all know and love. Woodell will be the main player here. The show takes place in New York City. However, the show heads back to 1975 to learn how this hub came to be and everything that happened leading up to Wick’s arrival on the scene.

How Did the John Wick Prequel Come to Fruition

As Lionsgate’s Kevin Beggs tells it, they had to be careful. Because this is a television show, whatever they decided to do needed to protect the main course. That being the movies on the big screen. This made it rather complicated to discern which direction made the most sense to go in. The pitches rolled in from all over but a YouTube show entitled ‘Wayne’ made a pitch that caught their eye.

Beggs broke down the idea that they were presented with and why they ran with it by saying, “We were really blown away because it solved a bunch of problems and was super exciting, about a crumbling New York in the 1970s with a garbage strike that has piled up bags of garbage to the third floor of most brownstones, the mafia muscling in on that business which is why in ‘The Sopranos’ he’s in the sanitation business, and other things that are really real as an interesting backdrop to explore the origins of The Continental which is famously within the movie franchise the assassin’s hotel in which you cannot kill anyone on the hotel grounds, but of course, if you step one foot off you’re fair game, and that’s employed to great effect in many of the plots in the movies. Running all of that is Winston, who is played by Ian McShane [in the movies].”

So it’s more about the possibilities that the YouTube show presented them. By utilizing the hotel as a backdrop, you could introduce all sorts of characters in and around the site. It gives you lots of options for storylines. It doesn’t center around one character, per se, like the John Wick movies. This should serve as a refreshing alternative when it hits the small screen.