In a recent interview with Deadline’s Mike Fleming, director Albert Hughes (“The Book of Eli”) said the mandate from the beginning was to make this series feel as authentically 1970s as they possibly could. Of course, “John Wick” fans should expect a highly stylized approach, but it will be different, taking direct inspiration from the movies of the late ’60s and early ’70s. And not just that! They’re literally filming this story with the same lenses that were used on “Cool Hand Luke,” “The Graduate,” and “Doctor Zhivago.”
Those lenses aren’t as technologically, machine-perfect as the lenses used today, but their flaws are what give those movies their personality and that personality will be a part of “The Continental.”
“If you look closely at it, you’ll see all these weird flares and glares and, at the bottom of the frame is a little blurry and the top over here is a little blurry.”
This is very much like Tarantino’s insistence on shooting on film. There’s a quality to the imperfections of the old way of doing things that gives a film or, in this case, a limited streaming service that feeling of authenticity in a way that modern filmmaking technology can’t match with 100% accuracy.
“The Continental” starring Colin Woodell as Young Winston, Ayomide Adegun as Young Charon, and Mel Gibson as Cormac, The Continental’s 1970s manager, is due to debut on Peacock September 22, 2023.