It seems that wherever you look these days, there’s some sort of shared universe being fleshed-out. From the Marvel Cinematic Universe, to the DC Extended Universe, to The CW's Arrowverse, to Universal’s planned monster movie-verse, to Paramount’s plans to incorporate the likes of Micronauts, Visionaries, ROM, and M.A.S.K. in to a shared realm alongside G.I. Joe. And now, John Wick is getting the shared universe treatment.
Last year saw rumblings from Lionsgate of an expanded universe spinning off from John Wick 2, and now there’s been some concrete developments on this front. As per Deadline, the Starz network is developing The Continental, a TV series set in the same realm as John Wick and a show that will centre on a hotel which serves as a safe haven of sorts for assassins.
Keanu Reeves will be serving as an executive producer on the series and is expected to make at least a brief appearance at some point in the show.
Starz CEO Chris Albrecht explained that “the show and the movies exist side by side” and that The Continental will be “truly unlike anything else on TV.” Giving fans an idea of what to expect, he added that the series “promises to include the thunderous fight sequences and intensely staged shootouts between professional assassins and their targets that fans have come to expect in the John Wick movie franchise as well as introducing some new, darkly compelling characters who inhabit this underground world.”
Chris Collins – best known for his writing work on The Wire, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Sons of Anarchy – is tasked with writing The Continental in addition to serving as showrunner.