DC's Constantine TV series in development

News Louisa Mellor 27 Sep 2013 - 09:23

NBC is developing a Constantine TV series with Dark Knight trilogy and Man of Steel writer David S Goyer...

We've barely had time to digest the news about live-action Batman TV series Gotham being ordered by Fox, when news arrives that another DC property is being prepped for telly treatment (insert tedious simile about comic book TV adaptations and buses). 

Chain-smoking occult detective and magician John Constantine, who recently moved into a new home in eponymous comic series after beginning life in Alan Moore's Swamp Thing run in the eighties and continuing in DC and Vertigo's Hellblazer until this year, is planned for a TV debut on NBC.

The network has committed to a "script plus penalty" deal for Constantine, meaning that even if it isn't produced, writer Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist) and producer David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight trilogy, Man of SteelDa Vinci's Demons) will receive a hefty pay-off, theoretically making NBC more averse to cutting the project before production.

Constantine, which found its way to cinemas in 2005 with a not-entirely-successful Keanu Reeves-starring adaptation by Hunger Games sequel director Francis Lawrence, joins The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen (itself no stranger to not-entirely-successful film adaptations) as an in-development TV series. In addition to Gotham, Fox has committed to making and airing a pilot for the Alan Moore ensemble series.

Presuming that Reeves won't be back in the raincoat then, who would you like to see playing John Constantine on the small screen?

The Hollywood Reporter

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