The “John Wick” prequel series, “The Continental” will now premiere on Peacock instead of Starz. It is expected to debut on the streaming service in 2023.
The series hails from Lionsgate, which also produces the movie franchise. The show was first announced as being in the works at Starz in 2018.
“The Continental” is a three-part special event that will explore the origin story and inner workings of the Continental Hotel, a centerpiece of the “John Wick” franchise that serves as a refuge for assassins.
It is told from the perspective of a young Winston Scott (played by Colin Woodell), based on Ian McShane’s character in the franchise, as he 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, Winston charts a deadly course through the mysterious underworld of New York City.
Along with Woodell, the cast of the series includes Ayomide Adegun, who will portray a young Charon (based on Lance Reddick’s character), and Peter Greene, who dons the fedora of Uncle Charlie (based on the tight-lipped body disposal expert).
“The Continental” will also feature Mel Gibson as Cormac, Ben Robson as Frankie, Hubert Point-Du Jour as Miles, Jessica Allain as Lou, Mishel Prada as KD, and Nhung Kate as Yen.
Greg Coolidge and Kirk Ward serve as writers, showrunners, and executive producers on the series.
Executive producers also include Albert Hughes, Thunder Road Pictures’ Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee, Chad Stahelski, Derek Kolstad, David Leitch, Shawn Simmons, Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese, and Marshall Persinger.
Albert Hughes directs the first and third episodes and Charlotte Brandstrom directs the second.