While it was believed with initial plot details that John Wick spin-off series The Continental was set to be an ongoing series that would follow the origin story of the titular hotel's owner, Winston (Played in the films by Ian McShane), as it turns out that will not be the case. The basic idea will still be there, taking place 40 years before the events of the movies and focusing on the chain of hotels located all around the world that function as a neutral territory for members of the criminal underworld. However, today's announcement of the involvement of director Albert Hughes (one-half of the Hughes Brothers duo who helmed films like The Book of Eli and Menace II Society) has confirmed the idea has been reconceived as a three-part, three-night event limited series that will be reminiscent of a season of the popular Sherlock series on BBC. What that means is that each episode will be movie length (around 90 minutes) and each will feature movie-level budget (believed to be $20 million for each episode).
Hughes will direct the first and third episodes of the event series with a director for the middle episode having yet to be chosen. Chris Collins, Derek Kolstad (writer for the first three John Wick movies) and Chad Stahelski (who has directed all the films in the series so far) have all contributed to the scripts for the series. Kolstad, Stahelski, Basil Iwanyk and David Leitch are executive producing. Reeves is in talks to executive produce as well. The show is expected to premiere sometime after the theatrical release of John Wick 4 next year. Stay tuned!