In an age where launching an original franchise - much less an entire cinematic universe - is incredibly hard, John Wick is the little intellectual property that could: in the span of a mere four years, the movie has received a sequel, the announcements of a trilogy-capper and a planned spin-off entitled The Ballerina, a comic series, and a video game in development.
The original John Wick film, starring Reeves as the title character, was released in October 2014, becoming somewhat of a surprising success, grossing $88 million worldwide.
TV networks have been trying to turn every movie they can into series.
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Here's a synopsis: Collins expands the universe in the series by focusing on the Continental Hotel and those who find refuge under its roof.
But then he started pondering the possibility of a TV series - no doubt because that's a format that's incredibly successful these days, thanks to the rise of streaming sites like Netflix. Thunder Road Pictures' Basil Iwanyk will executive produce alongside the movie's directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, screenwriter Derek Kolstad and Reeves.
For the sake of Keanu and co., let's just forget all the bad examples of big movies taking on the small screen, and instead focus our attention on the likes of Fargo and Avengers Assemble. Drawing upon the collaborative efforts of Lionsgate's film, television and Starz platforms, The Continental continues the growth of a franchise that has already generated two hit films that have grossed almost $300 million at the worldwide box office and a successful virtual reality mobile game.
The Continental doesn't have a series order yet, meaning that Starz could still pass on the production.
"This series is truly unlike anything else on TV", said Chris Albrecht, Starz president and CEO.