The Continental Director Albert Hughes Discusses Crafting The John Wick Prequel Series

The Continental is a three-part series streaming on Peacock TV.

When it comes to the world of film and television, a handful of directors possess visual flair and storytelling abilities, such as Albert Hughes. Hughes has left an impressive mark on the industry with a career spanning decades. His latest project is set to raise the bar even higher. Directing episodes 1 and 3 of the highly anticipated John Wick prequel series, “The Continental,” Hughes brings his unique style and vision to the small screen. Check out our interview with Hughes.

Albert Hughes burst onto the scene in the 1990s alongside his brother Allen. They formed the dynamic directorial duo known as the Hughes Brothers. Their debut feature film, “Menace II Society” (1993), was a gritty and raw look at life in the inner city. It established the brothers as promising talents. In the years that followed, they delivered notable works like “Dead Presidents” (1995) and “From Hell” (2001). The dup showcased their versatility across various genres. After the success of “The Book of Eli” (2010), Albert Hughes ventured on a solo career. He continued to push the boundaries of cinema with films like “Alpha” (2018) and “Broken City” (2013). Hughes has always displayed a keen eye for visuals, a gift for crafting tension-filled narratives, and a deep appreciation for world-building.

Now, Albert Hughes is taking his directorial talents to the small screen.

Hughes’ timing could not be better as he dives into “The Continental.” The series doubles down on the rich mythology of the John Wick universe. It explores the origins of the enigmatic assassins’ hotel. With a focus on world-building and character development, Hughes’ involvement indicates the show’s ambition. The series introduces viewers to a young Winston and Charon, who were initially played in the John Wick films by Ian McShane and the late Lance Reddick.

Hughes’ ability to create visually stunning sequences and craft compelling stories made him the ideal choice to helm episodes of “The Continental.” Hughes’ experience directing action-packed films and his penchant for intricate storytelling brings a new layer of depth to the franchise. The series brings a solid cast, particularly in the roles of Winston and Charon. Colin Woodell and newcomer Ayomide Adegun play them.

The series kicks off with a deliberate and methodical pace. It introduces a host of intriguing new characters, which may seem like a slow burn at first. However, the wait is absolutely worth it as the third and final episode unleashes a frenetic, pulse-pounding climax that goes ‘balls to the walls’ in true John Wick fashion. A standout performance by Mel Gibson brings an unhinged quality to his character. He adds a compelling layer of complexity to the series. With its charismatic cast and a gradual buildup to an explosive crescendo, “The Continental” offers an engaging and action-packed journey through the intricate and stylish world of the John Wick franchise, leaving fans eager for more.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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Sean Tajipour is the Founder and Editor of Nerdtropolis and the host of the Moviegoers Society Podcast. He is also a member of the Critics Choice Association. You can follow on Twitter and Instagram @Seantaj.

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