Brace yourselves: John Wick is back, again, but this time he’ll be mowing down hordes of hired goons on primetime television.
Following the announcement of a third John Wick film onMay 24, fans of the highly choreographed, ultra-violent gun fest are in for even more murderous mayhem in The Continental, a prequel spin-off television series developed by Lionsgate. As it’s title suggests, the show will take place in a string of safe havens masquerading as high priced hotels, the Continentals, whose clientele consists solely of killers paid in golden coins.
The series will reportedly feature an appearance by Keanu Reeves as the black suited super assassin himself, according to an Indiewire interview with John Wick: Chapter 2 director Chad Stahelski, who hinted at plans to screenwrite the TV series prior to the release of the second Wick film.
“It’s very tied to the film [in that] it’s about the Continentals all over the world, how certain people come into that world, and what happens in relation to those people, which is cool,” Stahelski said. “I think the world is very vast, and everything I’ve heard from it is very positive. […] It’s something that studio seems very, very intent on [making] and very, very behind.”
The driving force behind the show won’t be Wick himself, but the vast cast of side characters that make up the secret world of elite killers in which Wick operates. Vigilantes, gunslingers, and murderers for hire will mingle with the highbrow tailors, dour desk clerks and posh firearm experts that run The Continental’s various branches around the world.
“I like telling stories from my one character’s perspective,” Stahelski told Indiewire. “Once you put that aside with the TV show, [you can] expand to all the different characters and follow them throughout their journey. You can be with the consigliere, concierge, the sommelier — you can be with all these different characters and walk through the world in different aspects; ones that I’m a little limited [from exploring] by staying with my lead guy.”
We’re not entirely sure how the frenetic violence of John Wick — a hallmark of the film series — will hold up on television, although the vivid gore of series like American Gods may provide some guidance. But if the show stays true to the franchise, and the rigorous training regimen imposed on it’s actors, then it shouldn’t disappoint.
A small unmanned aerial vehicle built by service academy cadets is shown here flying above ground. This type of small UAV was used by cadets and midshipmen from the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy, during a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency-sponsored competition at Camp Roberts, California, April 23-25, 2017. During the competition, cadets and midshipmen controlled small UAVs in "swarm" formations to guard territory on the ground at Camp Roberts. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Drones have been used in conflicts across the globe and will play an even more important role in the future of warfare. But, the future of drones in combat will be different than what we have seen before.
The U.S. military can set itself apart from others by embracing autonomous drone warfare through swarming — attacking an enemy from multiple directions through dispersed and pulsing attacks. There is already work being done in this area: The U.S. military tested its own drone swarm in 2017, and the UK announced this week it would fund research into drone swarms that could potentially overwhelm enemy air defenses.
I propose we look to the amoeba, a single-celled organism, as a model for autonomous drones in swarm warfare. If we were to use the amoeba as this model, then we could mimic how the organism propels itself by changing the structure of its body with the purpose of swarming and destroying an enemy.
Soldiers from 4th Squadron, 9th U.S. Cavalry Regiment "Dark Horse," 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, are escorted by observer controllers from the U.S. Army Operational Test Command after completing field testing of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) Sept. 24, 2018. (U.S. Army/Maj. Carson Petry)
The Army has awarded a $575 million contract to BAE Systems for the initial production of its replacement for the M113 armored personnel carriers the service has been rocking downrange since the Vietnam War.
President Donald Trump has formally outlined how his administration plans to stand up the Space Force as the sixth U.S. military service – if Congress approves.
On Tuesday, Trump signed a directive that calls for the Defense Department to submit a proposal to Congress that would make Space Force fall under Department of the Air Force, a senior administration official said.