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John Wick fans refuse to watch prequel spin-off TV series as Mel Gibson set to star: ‘Uncast him’

Mel Gibson is joining the John Wick universe (Picture: Summit Entertainment)

Mel Gibson is to star in a prequel spin-off TV series set within the universe of the John Wick film franchise, exploring the origin of the hotel for assassins in The Continental.

The news has prompted several John Wick fans to state that they will refuse to watch the series if Gibson is involved.

Ever since the release of the first John Wick film fronted by Keanu Reeves in 2014, the action adventure has taken audiences by storm, enthralling film fans with its high-octane action sequences and dark themes.

The second and third films came out in 2017 and 2019 respectively, while the fourth film in the series is currently set to be released in 2022.

A prequel to the franchise is in development, taking a closer look at the hotel featured in the films that caters to John and his fellow assassins.

The show will be depicted through the eyes of a young Winston Scott, the owner of the hotel played by Ian McShane in the films, as he faces the demons of his past, Deadline reports.

The publication states that Gibson is to play a character called Cormac, while there has been no word who will play the younger version of McShane’s character.

Keanu has astounded audiences as the lethal John Wick (Picture: Niko Tavernise/ Lionsgate Entertainment)

Gibson has been shrouded with controversy for several years, denying last year that he once called Winona Ryder an ‘oven dodger’ amid accusations of antisemitism.

In 2006, the Mad Max actor went on an antisemitic rant against a police officer when he was pulled over for drink-driving.

Four years later, a recording emerged in which he was heard making threats towards his former partner Oksana Grigorieva.

In 2011, he told Deadline: ‘I’ve never treated anyone badly or in a discriminatory way based on their gender, race, religion or sexuality – period. I don’t blame some people for thinking that though, from the garbage they heard on those leaked tapes, which have been edited.’

One John Wick fan expressed their disbelief over Gibson joining the cast of the series, stating on Twitter: ‘Wtf? Uncast him.’

‘I thought we CANCELLED Meh Gibson,’ someone else wrote, while another person said: ‘Keanu agreed to this?? Love John Wick movies. Won’t watch anything with Mel in it though.’



‘A whole lotta of us won’t be watching then. I can’t believe Keanu is okay with this,’ one fan said, while another added: ‘None of you can ever act like cancel culture is out here destroying lives again while Mel Gibson is still getting work.’

Someone else remarked: ‘With Mel Gibson as a part of this project, I know what John Wick chapter I will NOT be watching. I refuse to be a contributor to Gibson’s residuals.’

The John Wick spin-off The Continental is set to be released as a three-night special, produced by Starz for Lionsgate TV.

Lionsgate TV boss Kevin Beggs previously opened up about the motivation to venture into TV in the John Wick franchise, saying that ‘it just cries out to be something in TV’.

‘Just like the Marvel Universe and the DC Universe from a TV perspective are incredible opportunities, and that is our superhero franchise in the family,’ he said.

According to Deadline, there’s a possibility that McShane may perform voiceover work for the series, while Reeves may come on board as an executive producer.


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