As John Wick 4 has already begun filming in Germany, Lionsgate is gearing up to finally shoot their spinoff series The Continental. The show on Starz will focus on a young Winston during the 1970s in New York City and will likely explore the character’s rise to power as the overseer of the hotel. There had been an original intention to have Keanu Reeves cameo, but given the period setting it wouldn’t make much sense.
We now have the name of the show’s main directors as The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Albert Hughes, one half of the sibling directing duo The Hughes Brothers, has been selected to direct two out of the three episodes.
Hughes’ credits include Dead Presidents, Book of Eli, the Alan Moore adaptation From Hell, and Menace II Society. The brothers were once enlisted by Warner Bros. to helm their live-action Akira adaptation, but like many others, they eventually exited to pursue other things.
The next big step will be casting the multiple roles for The Continental.
The cast of John Wick: Chapter 4 so far includes Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Lance Reddick, Laurence Fishburne, Horiyuki Sanada, Donnie Yen, Scott Adkins, Marko Zaror, Bill Skarsgard, Shamier Anderson, and Rina Sawayama. Although, it’s unclear if Halle Berry, Asia Kate Dillion, John Leguizamo, Peter Stormare, Common, Jason Mantzoukas, Anjelica Huston, Said Taghmaoui, Yayan Ruhian, and Cecept Arif Rahamn will be reprising their roles from previous installments. It’s releases on May 27, 2022 and John Wick: Chapter 5 is said to be the final installment of the main franchise.
However, the show isn’t the only spinoff in the works. Lionsgate hired Underworld director Len Wiseman to tackle a female-led action film set within the world of John Wick titled Ballerina. An actress has yet to be officially announced and it will interesting to see where the project’s setting lands in the franchise’s timeline, as it allow Keanu Reeves to appear.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER