Now, this is more like it.
“Lethal Weapon” and “Mad Max” icon Mel Gibson will star in Starz’s “The Continental”, a TV mini-series spin-off of the popular “John Wick” movies.
The series, set in 1975, will fix on the younger years of Ian McShane’s Winston Scott character from the Keanu Reeves-starring films. Gibson will play a character named Cormac.
Lionsgate TV’s Kevin Beggs told Deadline in April: “It’s such a successful franchise, it’s on its way to its fourth and fifth installments as a movie,” he said. “It’s got such a great mythology and such interesting style, and the gun fu approach of these incredibly poetic stunt esthetics is just out of this world, which is why the movie with Keanu Reeves — who is so amazing in everything he does but particularly compelling as John Wick in our mind — it just cries out to be something in TV. Just like the Marvel Universe and the DC Universe from a TV perspective are incredibly opportunities, and that is our superhero franchise in the family.
“What we’re exploring in The Continental is the young Winston and how it came to be that he and his team of confederates found their way into this hotel which we have met for the first time in the movie franchise 40 years later,” Beggs said. “That’s the arena. I won’t give away more than that, but Starz really leaned into this take also, and they have been great collaborators. And how we’ve approached this first season is as three essentially 90-minute events which you could construe as a limited series or a limited event series.”