Starz working on a series set in the 'John Wick' universe

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The Continental takes place within the universe of the film's John Wick (played by Keanu Reeves), with the action focusing on the Continental Hotel which is central to the assassins' world in the film series. After the launch of John Wick Chapter 2, it was speculated that there might be a television series that would go deeper into the world of John Wick, but now we have confirmation. Chris Collins, whose resume runs from The Wire to Man in the High Castle, will write the series and serve as showrunner.

For ages now we've been given films based on TV series and TV series based on films - all, of course, of varying success, but there have been some good'uns.

Well, it looks like The Continental now has a home at the premium network Starz.

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The series will study the type of travelers who find refuge underneath the roof of a Continental hotel banner-they can't all be assassins and mob bosses, right?-as well as further develop the dryly comical professionalism and pleasantries of a staff servicing killers. Since then, the show's been titled The Continental, and branded a "prequel" to the events of the "super assassin and his dog" franchise, focusing on the global hotel chain where these killers go to have a beer, tool up, and think about existential shit. Meanwhile, a third John Wick film is now in production.

Starz announced on Friday that it was moving forward with a series set in the John Wick universe. Numerous key behind-the-scenes players from the film series are on board. John Wick veterans David Leitch, Derek Kolstad and Basil Iwanyk are executive producers along with Reeves. The first episode is scheduled to be directed by Chad Stahelski, who also directed "John Wick 2" and co-directed the first film.

"This series is truly unlike anything else on TV", Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht says.