“The Continental,” the prequel series to the “John Wick” films, will stream exclusively for Prime Video members, excluding the U.S., Israel and the Middle East when it launches in 2023, Amazon announced on Thursday. In the U.S., the series about the secretive assassins’ hotel will stream on Peacock.
The series, which stars Colin Woodell of “The Flight Attendant” as a younger version of Ian McShane’s intimidating hotel manager Winston, is set in the 1970s and is produced by Lionsgate Television.
“The John Wick films have created one of the most immersive, detailed and enjoyable universes we’ve seen on screen in the last decade” said Chris Mansolillo, director of content acquisition at Prime Video. “We are extremely proud to play a part in continuing to build that universe, offering viewers an insight into the origins of the infamous Continental Hotel and its incredible characters.”
“We’re delighted to partner with Prime Video, which is always a world-class home for our properties,” said Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television Distribution Jim Packer. “The Continental promises to be one of the major streaming events of 2023, and it will be a perfect fit for Prime Video’s global audience as the John Wick franchise continues to grow. This deal wouldn’t have been possible without Agapy Kapouranis and Chase Brisbin and their talented counterparts at Prime Video, who crafted a multifaceted agreement that reflects today’s evolving marketplace.”
“The Continental” cast includes Mel Gibson, Ayomide Adegun, Ben Robson, Hubert Point-Du Jour, Jessica Allain, Mishel Prada, Nhung Kate and Peter Greene.
Greg Coolidge and Kirk Ward serve as writers and showrunners on and executive produce alongside Albert Hughes, Thunder Road Pictures’ Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee, Chad Stahelski, Derek Kolstad, David Leitch, Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese, and Marshall Persinger.
Shawn Simmons writes and executive produces. Albert Hughes (“The Book of Eli”) directs the first and third nights of the series and Charlotte Brandstrom, whose credits include “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power,” directs the second night.
The “John Wick” films have grossed nearly $600 million worldwide to date “John Wick: Chapter Four” is scheduled for theatrical release worldwide on March 24, 2023.