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John Wick prequel The Continental lands cool director

July 25th, 2021 by Marc Comments

We’ve been excited for the John Wick spin-off series, The Continental, for a while now and it seems it’s taken a big step forward with a director signing on.

From Hell and Menace II Society’s Albert Hughes will not direct the prequel for Starz.

The show, originally set to be a series, is now set to be a three-part, three-night limited event, with each of the three episodes being movie-length and sitting with a budget of approx $20m each.

In April this year (here) Kevin Beggs, president of Lionsgate Television Group spoke about the series, saying: “We’re way back in time, way back pre-John Wick and even pre-young John Wick, that character is not finding his way into the universe. We are in the John Wick universe, but it’s way back in time. Think about the Game of Thrones prequels before you know any of the players, but you do know the world.”

“What we’re exploring in The Continental is the young Winston [Ian McShane in the movies] and how it came to be that he and his team of confederates found their way into this hotel which we have met for the first time in the movie franchise 40 years later.”

The script was worked on by Chris Collins, Derek Kolstad and Chad Stahelski (John Wick director) have all worked on the scripts for the series.

It’s unlikely the series will arrive before the soon-to-film John Wick 4, so it’s still a while away.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….