Peacock Sept. 13 held a special screening, fan event at the TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles for its upcoming original limited series, “The Continental: From the World of John Wick,” the prequel to the John Wick movie franchise — both produced by Lionsgate.
Attendees were treated to an early screening of the first episode complete with complimentary concessions, music spun by DJ Graham Funke, photo opportunities with the series’ infamous hotel facade, and immersive touches, including a vintage Ford Mustang and costumes from the show.
The show premieres Sept. 22 on Peacock, followed by the second episode airing Sept. 29 and the third airing Oct. 6.
Peacock’s upcoming “John Wick” prequel series “The Continental” will premiere Sept. 22 on the streaming service. The date was announced during the show’s July 21 San Diego Comic-Con panel that featured several members of the production team.
The limited series will run for three feature-length episodes on a weekly basis, with episode two available Sept. 29 and the conclusion Oct. 6. Fans at the convention were treated to several action-packed clips from the series.
“For the fans out there, we got you,” said executive producer/director Albert Hughes. “Yes, we have longer form storytelling, but if you set up something like that early with someone like [action director Larnell Stovall], you want to satiate the hardcore ‘John Wick’ fans right away. Also casual fans that will come and go this is wild.”
“The Continental” takes place in the 1970s, with younger versions of the Winston and Charon characters dealing with the hotel’s manager at the time, played by Mel Gibson.
Lionsgate Nov. 3 announced that Prime Video will launch “The Continental,” the special event series based on the theatrical “John Wick” franchise. The prequel is produced by Lionsgate Television and will be exclusively available to Prime Video members worldwide excluding the U.S., Middle East and Israel in 2023.
“The Continental” is told from the perspective of the hotel manager, portrayed by Ian McShane in the film franchise — a young Winston Scott, played by Colin Woodell (“The Flight Attendant”). Throughout the series, viewers will follow Winston through the underworld of 1970’s New York, where he will battle demons from his past as he attempts to seize control of the iconic hotel — a hotel that serves as a meeting point for the world’s most dangerous criminals.
Woodell is joined by Mel Gibson (Braveheart) as Cormac; Ayomide Adegun (The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes), who will portray a young Charon (based on the character portrayed by Lance Reddick); Ben Robson (Vikings) as Frankie; Hubert Point-Du Jour (Dr. Death) as Miles; Jessica Allain (The Laundromat) playing Lou; Mishel Prada (Vida) as KD; Nhung Kate (The Housemaid) as Yen; and Peter Greene (Training Day), who dons the fedora of Uncle Charlie (based on the tight-lipped body disposal expert).
“‘The Continental’ promises to be one of the major streaming events of 2023, and it will be a perfect fit for Prime Video’s global audience as the John Wick franchise continues to grow,” Jim Packer, president of worldwide television distribution at Lionsgate, said in a statement.
The John Wick films have grossed nearly $600 million worldwide to date, with each film outperforming its predecessor. John Wick: Chapter Four is scheduled for theatrical release worldwide on March 24, 2023.