The same actor that made the John Wick films famous will guest star in the upcoming TV series by the same name. Keanu Reeves brought a new depth of character to the role as John Wick back in 2014 and then again in the second chapter in 2017. The movies’ popularity has prompted Chad Stahelski to embark on directing a pilot of a TV series by the same name as the movies. ShowBox for PC has both chapters of the original story and will have the pilot as soon as it is released available for online streaming in HD or for digital download.
Starz made an announcement on Friday, January 12th that it would proceed with filming the pilot version of what is hoped to be a long-running series based upon the John Wick movies. This pilot is directed by Chad Stahelski, the same director for the blockbuster films. Screenwriter Chris Collins is also on staff as well as the film’s original co-director, David Leitch. “The Continental” is set to premiere sometime in early 2018 and star Keanu Reeves as John Wick.
Fans are eagerly anticipating this series as Chris Collins has received numerous awards for his screenplays such as “Sons of Anarchy,” and “The Wire.” Collins has a way of bringing the magic of a superhero/super assassin universe into an everyday reality which viewers can enjoy.
Network President, Carmi Zlotnik was excited to announce that Keanu Reeves has agreed to star in the film. With his background as an executive producer and his experience in similar roles, Reeves has a way of bringing new depths to characters as the stories progress and develop. Putting Reeves and Collins together is a potential recipe for an exciting new twist on the John Wick series.
Stahleski and Kolstad had originally thought of the idea for a TV series following the release of John Wick: Chapter 2 and its rising popularity. The hotel chain for which the pilot is named, The Continental, was made well-known in the films as the location for assassins, and therefore makes a perfect setting for the series.
Intending to focus more on the characters themselves, Collins and Kolstad have their work cut out for them, which is why they chose to bring in Reeves. The character of John Wick was developed in detail throughout the first two films but still leaves a great deal to be desired to fully understand the assassin world in which he lived prior to the films’ events. The new TV series will seek to expand Reeve’s character even more while also delving into the characters all through the hotel Continental.
Stahelski wants to keep the focus from being too centred around Reeves and the Wick character as there are numerous other assassins on which to build different episodes. Several critics have expressed they are not fond of the idea of the TV series believing it to be too similar to other superhero/super assassin movies that are currently out. Not wanting another take on The Avengers or Guardians of the Galaxy, they are wary of what might come.
The John Wick movies offered a look into a different side of the anti-hero infused with some of the modern graphics and techniques expected by audiences today. While John Wick is the protagonist of the film, viewers learn that he also is the antagonist to some degree and would not be able to fulfill his task if he did not have that antagonist background. What will be crucial to the TV series’ development is who they choose to bring in as the side characters and how far they take the assassin-world. With the right supporting actors, the series will do well. At the same time, there are big shoes to fill as a supporting actor should Reeves be the star of the series.
Making a TV series out of a film is always a sensitive situation that comes with several pre-determined opinions and expectations. Since the directors have expressed they want to maintain certain points of the story but a spin-off of a particular aspect, the release of “The Continental” should be approached from that angle as a new way to look at the entire John Wick story series. Regardless, Showbox PC will have all the latest news and information about the trailer as can you easily access both films, the pilot and hundreds of other recommended films either through HD digital streaming or HD digital download on the website.