Why Making The Continental A John Wick Prequel Was A ‘Genius Idea,’ According To The Producers

Basil Iwanyk, in fact, expressed trepidation about persevering with the “John Wick” motion pictures as a extra expansive franchise. Like many placing hit motion movies, “John Wick” was by no means meant to increase into sequels and TV exhibits, so discovering contemporary materials was a priority. Iwanyk stated: 

“It’s an original idea that was never meant to be a franchise, and we’ve been making it up as we’ve gone along. The issue we had with television was, how are we going to create a ‘John Wick’ offshoot without cannibalizing ourselves or feeling like we’ve stripped-mined the franchise. Also, the action in the movie just got so big, we shot up half of Paris in the last one. How do you compete with that?”

Competing with “John Wick: Chapter 4,” nonetheless, wasn’t a horrible concern as soon as “Continental” showrunners Greg Coolidge and Kirk Ward got here up with the essential premise: merely set “The Continental” prior to now. It could be concerning the early days of the lodge within the Seventies and would observe a youthful model of Winston Scott (Colin Woodell), the character performed by Ian McShane within the motion pictures. Iwanyk was impressed with what instantly got here to his thoughts when it comes to aesthetics and tone. He advised Deadline:

“Our showrunners came in with the idea of the prequel, for Winston and the start of the Continental. […] I love the film aesthetic of New York in the ’70s; Sidney Lumet is one of my three favorite directors of all time. What a genius idea of doing a prequel because, as we expand the current day ‘Wick’ franchise, it all feeds the prequel, it doesn’t take storylines away from the TV show.”

Once comfortably ensconced prior to now, the tales got here naturally.

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