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Constantine Series Pilot for NBC

Will it work?

By Robert T. Trate     January 14, 2014
Source: Deadline.com


Will Constantine survive the pilot?
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NBC has greenlighted a pilot for Constantine. The series will be a drama based on the popular comic book by Vertigo Comics. The script is being written by Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist) and David S. Goyer (Man of Steel). 
“Constantine centers on John Constantine, an enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective who is thrust into the role of defending us against dark forces from beyond”.

John Constantine first surfaced in 1985 in the pages of “Swamp Thing” and was created by Alan Moore ("The Watchmen"). He was played by on the big screen Keanu Reeves in a 2005 feature. However, the character is still rumored to be in Warner Brothers feature length film Justice League Dark by Guillermo del Toro. How this series will effect his involvement in that film, remains to be seen. 

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reek 1/14/2014 5:00:48 PM

 I find the most fascinating part of this story is the aspect that the stars of Constantine and The Flash actually have a decent shot at reprising their roles for (concurrent?) films.  This is a watershed departure from the way things are usually done, and really narrows the gap between the big and small screens.  Makes me wonder if the Netflix Marvel shows will do the same thing and have their actors appear in the Marvel Universe films played by the same actors...especially if those actors are still doing the heroes for TV.  I know they tried to get a Dark Tower project off the ground that worked sort of the same way.  Seems like a good idea, at least if they get the right actors.  

OH, THEY BETTER MAKE CONSTANTIE A BRIT FOR GOD"S SAKE.

 

 

doublerdiner 1/14/2014 7:47:53 PM

Why does he have to be a Brit?  I've never read anything in the comics that struck me as inherently "English" about him.  Then again, I've only read about three trades of Hellblazer so I'm no expert.  (I'm not being a troll, I'm sincerely asking what I've missed).

CalamityJohnson 1/14/2014 8:18:10 PM

ok, then, i'll be a troll. I thought keanu did a fine job as constantine. I thought it was a fine flick, and greatly underrated. Similar treatment for the series would be just fine by me.

mac2j 1/14/2014 9:22:46 PM

I agree with calamity - I thought Constantine was a good movie and one of the best, most-fitting roles I've seen Keanu in.  After 47 Ronin, maybe they can get him to reprise the role for TV to pay off some bills =P

Wiseguy 1/15/2014 4:27:54 AM

I'll third Calamity's statement.

I'd say bring back Keanu but I doubt he'd do a tv series.

And why does this have to be a brit when Batman, Gordon and Superman are played by Brits and not Americans. The pendulum swings both ways

BunyonSnipe 1/15/2014 6:18:58 AM

 Because the Character is British, so it doesn't have to be a British actor, but it would be nice...

That said I quite liked the Keanu movie and he was just as unpleasant as in the comics, but would he actually do a tv shiow?

but I do understand some aspects of the comics just won't work without a tonne of exposition, if Keanu won't do it, maybe someone like James. Marsters..?

 

CaptAmerica04 1/15/2014 8:45:24 AM

I'm with the rest of you.  I thought Keanu did a solid job as Constantine - I think it was one of his best roles, honestly.

I DO wonder how they will do this as a T.V. show.  It'll have to be something along the lines of Sleepy Hollow, that is to say, much lighter than the comics.  But I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing.  The extremely dark tone of the movie might be much for a lasting T.V. show, but something akin to Sleepy Hollow might do the character justice while still maintaining a mainstream audience.

I also really like BunyonSnipe's idea of James Marsters.  He's shown he can play the gritty, hard-smoking, angry Brit.  Constantine wouldn't be too much of a departure from his role as Spike (though admittedly a bit darker and more serious, if done right).

 

 

 

 

redhairs99 1/15/2014 2:19:40 PM

You do know James Marsters isn't British, right?  But I think he could be cool in this show.

SmokingFrog77 1/16/2014 3:42:25 AM

I'll be a troll now, the Constantine movie was rubbish. I'll give it points for GREAT performances by Djimon Honsou, Tilda Swindon and Peter Stormare, but otherwise it was shit. And the John Constantine would never quit smoking, even if he had lung cancer. This is a character who deliberately prevented the second coming of Christ by having sex with the virgin woman who was chosen to bring him into the world.

They should get Sting to play him in this series. That's who the character was originally based on, look-wise.

reek 1/16/2014 8:12:21 AM

 I said make Constantine a Brit, I don't care where the actor is from.  And @doubleRdiner, I do think that his "Britness" matters to the character; all his limey slang has always been fun to read .  I also think that the comics version of London has a neo-Dickensian grimey feel that really furthered the horror aspect of the book.  Still, if you thought I was bashing the original Constantine film, you are mistaken.  I liked it fine (one of the best film versions of Lucifer ever!) and I'm not a Keannu hater either.  I just would have preferred a more authentic version and I think that putting it in Britain might serve as a hook for the series.  Oh, and Smoking Frog77, Sting would have been GREAT casting 15 years ago, but have you seen the dude lately?  My money would be on Paul Bettany (Preist, Legion)


 

 

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