According to a report in Deadline, Mel Gibson is making his way to the universe of John Wick and will appear in The Continental. The TV prequel to the Keanu Reeves-led franchise will explore the assassins underworld a younger version of Ian McShane’s Winston Scott in 1975. We did not see this coming at Last Movie Outpost.
The Continental is a chain of hotels located all around the world that function as a neutral territory for members of the criminal underworld. They are frequented by many hitmen and notorious murderers and provide both a safe-haven and a place to transact business.
Young Winston is not yet cast. According to the report, Gibson will play a character named Cormac. This could be a big bad or some kind of lead underworld figure. No word yet on the size of the role. It could be a cameo-type appearance. More of a figure in the shadows.
This will mark the first regular television role of Gibson’s career. He previously appeared in an episode of the Australian series The Sullivans in the 1970s and has made occasional appearances on shows since, but none recurring.
The Continental will be a special event TV series on Starz, created by Lionsgate Television. As Starz has been home to shows like Spartacus we can imagine they won’t be skimping on the violence and bloodshed.
The Continental will be a mini-series in three 90-minute installments run over three nights. So like North And South, or Roots. Greg Coolidge and Kirk Ward are writers and showrunners. John Wick: Chapter Four is currently shooting in Germany, France, and Japan so it may well link to that in some way, or introduce elements that are interchangeable.
The John Wick movies have grossed around $600 million at the global box office on a combined budget of below $145 million, with healthy sales on VOD and home media. They are good business.
That movie is due out in May 2021 and The Continental is expected to follow.