‘John Wick’ Prequel Series ‘The Continental’ Moves From Starz to Peacock for 2023 Launch

“John Wick” prequel series “The Continental” will now air on Peacock instead of Starz.

The series is expected to debut on the streaming service in 2023, with Peacock owning all three “John Wick” films released to date. The series is from Lionsgate, which also produces the film franchise. The show was first announced to be in the works at Starz in 2018.

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As previously announced, the three-episode event series will explore the origin story and inner workings of the Continental Hotel, the centerpiece of the “John Wick” universe that serves as a haven for assassins. It is told from the perspective of a young Winston Scott (Colin Woodell), based on Ian McShane’s character in the films. Winston is drawn to New York in 1975 to confront a past he thought he had left behind. In an attempt to seize control of the famous hotel, Winston charts a deadly course through New York City’s mysterious underworld.

“The ‘John Wick’ films have become a global phenomenon, one of the most-watched titles on Peacock, and we’re excited to partner with Lionsgate to expand this incredible franchise,” said Kelly Campbell, president of Peacock and Direct-to-TV. Very excited and honored.” the consumer “We understand the value of a global franchise and Val Borland and the team knew that by bringing this special event series to Peacock and putting the full force of NBCUniversal behind it, ‘The Continental’ would be the premiere streaming event of the year. . “

Negotiations for the series were led by Val Borland, executive vice president and head of content acquisition for NBCUniversal, and Jim Packer, president of worldwide television and digital distribution for Lionsgate.

“’John Wick’ has become part of the cultural zeitgeist with a huge, passionate fan base around the world,” said Kevin Beggs, chair of Lionsgate Television Group. “We are thrilled to partner with Peacock to continue expanding the ‘John Wick’ universe. This agreement represents the support of our Motion Picture Group, which has grown the franchise since its inception, and the opportunity to take it to the next level.” was excited by, Jim Packer and his worldwide television distribution team, who have found the perfect home for ‘The Continental,’ and the Lionsgate Television creative group, who have created a wonderful and enduring property that will be among the most-anticipated 2023 is one of the streaming events.

Along with Woodell, the series cast includes: Ayomide Adegun, who will play a young Charon (based on Lance Reddick’s character); Peter Green, who dons the fedora of Uncle Charlie (based on the tight-lipped body disposal expert); Mel Gibson, as Cormac; Ben Robson as Frankie; Hubert Point-du-Jour as Miles; Jessica Allen as Lou; Michelle Prada as KD; and Nhung as Kate Yen.

Greg Coolidge and Kirk Ward serve as writers, showrunners and executive producers on “The Continental.” Albert Hughes, Thunder Road Pictures’ Basil Ivanic and Erica Lee, Chad Stahelski, Derek Kolstad, David Leitch, Shawn Simmons, Paul Wernick, Rhett Reiss and Marshall Persinger also executive produce. Albert Hughes directed the first and third episodes and Charlotte Brandstrom directed the second. Lionsgate is a television studio.

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