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.
Sure, Pink is slated to sing the national anthem on Super Bowl Sunday, but Carrie Underwood and Ludacris will kick off the show with a video for “The Champion,” a new song that also will be the anthem for this year’s Winter Olympics.
“When we were writing ‘The Champion,’ our main focus was to celebrate athletes at the top of their game, but we also wanted the song to resonate with people in their everyday lives,” Underwood said in a statement from NBC, which will broadcast the Winter Games from South Korea starting Feb. 9 as well as Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4.
Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges, who is featured on the track, and Underwood, the face and voice of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” for the past five seasons, wrote the song with Brett James and Chris DeStefano.
Fox has pulled the planned film based on the 2016 book “American Heiress” by Jeffrey Toobin that chronicles the 1974 kidnapping of heiress-actress Patricia Hearst. The move comes after Hearst, inspired by the #MeToo movement and Time’s Up demonstrations at the recent Golden Globe Awards, publicly decried the film and unauthorized biography.
“Twentieth Century Fox Film and its production partners have decided to cancel the studio’s planned project based on the book‘American Heiress,’ ” the studio said Thursday in a statement.
Earlier that day, in a statement of her own issued through her daughter Lydia Hearst’s publicist, Patty Hearst noted that the book “cites one of my kidnappers as its main source, romanticizes my rape and torture and calls my abduction a ‘rollicking adventure.’ ”
Clapton said that the issue is one of several maladies he’s dealing with as he continues to tour into his 70s.
“I mean, I'm going deaf, I've got tinnitus, my hands just about work,” he said. “I'm hoping that people will come along and see me just because, or maybe more than because, I'm a curiosity. I know that is part of it, because it's amazing to myself I'm still here.”