John Wick is one of those rare original IPs in the past 10 years to have actual longevity. What started as a return to form for star Keanu Reeves in 2014 is now a highly successful action franchise with content beyond the theatrical films. The Continental is one of those, a long-reported spinoff centering on the fabled hotel that houses assassins from the film. Deadline is reporting that that project is finally happening as a three-night special event TV with none other than Mel Gibson as its lead.
The Continental will explore the origin behind the hotel-for-assassins, which increasingly has become the centerpiece of the John Wick universe. This will be accomplished through the eyes and actions of a young Winston Scott, who is dragged into the Hell-scape of a 1975 New York City to face a past he thought he’d left behind. Winston charts a deadly course through the New York’s mysterious underworld in a harrowing attempt to seize the iconic hotel, which serves as the meeting point for the world’s most dangerous criminals. No word yet on who’ll play Winston Scott (the hotel owner is played in the films by Ian McShane).
Gibson has long been recognized for his work on iconic action films such as the Lethal Weapon franchise. No word yet on who Gibson is portraying other than his character name, Cormac. The Continental also marks Gibson’s first foray into TV in decades, having gotten his start on Australian television in the 70s.