Actor Mel Gibson signed on to star in the "John Wick" prequel series "The Continental." The three-part limited series tracks a young Winston Scott (the character played in the films by Ian McShane) as he embarks on a deadly mission through New York's underworld in the year 1975.
- "Wick" studio Lionsgate Television is producing the series, which will air and stream on the Starz service.
- No actor has yet been cast as young Winston Scott; Gibson will play a character named Cormac.
- The film "John Wick: Chapter Four," once more starring Keanu Reeves as the extraordinarily gifted assassin, is currently in production.
- "Wayne" vets Greg Coolidge and Kirk Ward are writing the series and will serve as showrunners.
- McShane may provide voiceover narration for the series; Reeves is unlikely to appear but will executive produce.
- Gibson has been at the center of numerous scandals over the past several decades, and has been accused of physically abusing his partners, as well as making racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic comments; his participation in the new series is already proving controversial.