Albert Hughes (“Menace 2 Society”, “Dead Presidents”) is set to direct two of the three 90-minute episodes that will comprise Lionsgate’s event series “The Continental”, which concerns the hotel at the center of the “John Wick” franchise. Each episode will be roughly 90 minutes in length and cost more than $20 million.
The three night event will air on Starz and will focus on a younger version of Ian McShane‘s Winston and the origin of The Continental hotel in 1970s New York City. It will cover how Winston 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. It will be about a crumbling New York in the 1970s with a garbage strike that has piled up bags of garbage to the third floor of most brownstones, the mafia muscling in on that business which is why in “The Sopranos” he’s in the sanitation business, and other things that are really real as an interesting backdrop to explore the origins of The Continental.
John Wick built an amazing and fully realized world of assassins and I can’t wait to delve into when “The Continental” airs exclusively on STARZ.