'John Wick' to Get Spin-Off Series After Massive Box Office Success, Top-Billed Actor Is Missing from Trailer


Peacock, the streaming service of NBCUniversal, released on Thursday the first teaser trailer for “John Wick” prequel series scheduled to come out in September.

Within a day, the video — which doesn’t actually provide much information about the series other than its title, the fact that it’s set in New York City in the 70s, and perhaps a sense of the look and feel of the show — had amassed over 2.5 million views.

And one key element of the show didn’t appear in the video at all: Mel Gibson, the “top-billed actor” in the limited three-episode series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

If you haven’t seen it yet, you can take a gander here:
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The outlet quoted the “official description” of the new project: “The three-part event will explore the origin behind the iconic hotel-for-assassins centerpiece of the John Wick universe through the eyes and actions of a young Winston Scott, as he’s dragged into the Hell-scape of 1970s New York City to face a past he thought he’d left behind.

“Winston charts a deadly course through the hotel’s mysterious underworld in a harrowing attempt to seize the hotel where he will eventually take his future throne.”

I’d bet good money that what this statement called the “John Wick universe” will become the “Wickiverse” in the entertainment media before all is said and done.

Whatever one calls it, the Oscar-winner’s presence in it didn’t come up in that blurb, either.

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That may be because, as the Reporter put it, Gibson’s “casting in The Continental caused a backlash on social media when announced, centered on the actor-director’s history of antisemitic comments.”

According to the report, the project, the full title of which is “The Continental: From the World of John Wick,” has been in development since 2018.

If the responses to the Reporter’s article on Twitter are any indication, Gibson’s casting remains an issue for “John Wick” fans — or at least for people claiming to be “John Wick” fans.

Nearly all the responses were negative.

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Unfortunately for MeeMawFella Sez What, there has been no indication that “John Wick” himself will appear in the series anyway — which makes sense, because even if Reeves were in New York City in, say, 1975, he would have been 10 years old.

That’s probably a little young for 3-gun shooting.

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George Upper is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Western Journal and was a weekly co-host of "WJ Live," powered by The Western Journal. He is currently a contributing editor in the areas of faith, politics and culture. A former U.S. Army special operator, teacher and consultant, he is a lifetime member of the NRA and an active volunteer leader in his church. Born in Foxborough, Massachusetts, he has lived most of his life in central North Carolina.
George Upper, is the former editor-in-chief of The Western Journal and is now a contributing editor in the areas of faith, politics and culture. He currently serves as the connections pastor at Awestruck Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a former U.S. Army special operator, teacher, manager and consultant. Born in Massachusetts, he graduated from Foxborough High School before joining the Army and spending most of the next three years at Fort Bragg. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in English as well as a Master's in Business Administration, all from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He and his wife life only a short drive from his three children, their spouses and his grandchildren. He is a lifetime member of the NRA and in his spare time he shoots, reads a lot of Lawrence Block and John D. MacDonald, and watches Bruce Campbell movies. He is a fan of individual freedom, Tommy Bahama, fine-point G-2 pens and the Oxford comma.
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