TV spinoff of Keanu Reeves’ ‘John Wick’ films in development at Starz

Keanu Reeves stars as John Wick in "John Wick." (David Lee / MCT)
Keanu Reeves stars as John Wick in "John Wick." (David Lee / MCT)

Continuing the cross-pollinating nature of film and TV, Starz announced Friday it is developing “The Continental,” a drama series spun out of the action-movie franchise “John Wick.”

“The Continental” centers on the Los Angeles hotel of the same name that serves as a haven for assassins in the films starring Keanu Reeves. Reeves is an executive producer and plans to appear — but not star — in the series.

No premiere date has been announced, and it’s unclear where the series will pick up in relation to the timelines of the two films. Speaking to open the Starz panels at the Television Critics Assn. press tour on Friday, network Chief Executive Chris Albrecht said “The Continental” and the movies will exist side by side.

Chris Collins of “Sons of Anarchy” is writing the series and will be the showrunner should it be picked up. The first episode is scheduled to be directed by Chad Stahelski, who also directed “John Wick 2” and co-directed the first film.

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