NBC Orders ‘Constantine’ TV Show Pilot

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Constantine NBC TV Show NBC Orders Constantine TV Show Pilot

While rumors continue to swirl around big-budget DC movies Batman vs. Superman and Justice League, the DC universe is alive and well on the small screen.

Arrow has become one of the CW’s biggest hits (and is soon to be followed by The Flash). Fox recently picked up the series Gotham, which focuses on a young James Gordon. And now, NBC is getting in on the action with Constantine, an adaptation of DC’s Hellblazer comic book series.

Deadline had the scoop on the story, reporting that the network has followed up on its script commitment by ordering a pilot for the show. The project comes from the creative team of Daniel Cerone (Executive Producer of The Mentalist) and David S. Goyer, who has been keeping very busy of late as the chief screenwriter and architect of DC’s feature film universe.

For those only familiar with the character from the 2005 Keanu Reeves film, John Constantine is a magician, con man, and occult detective who appears predominately in DC stories dealing with the supernatural. The character was originally created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, and Jamie Delano as a part of The Saga Of The Swamp Thing and eventually earned his own long-running title, Hellblazer (which ended in 2012, though he still can be seen in the series Constantine and often in Justice League Dark).

Justice Leauge Dark Featuring Constantine and Deadman NBC Orders Constantine TV Show Pilot
Speaking of Justice League Dark, it’s important to note that this TV show doesn’t tie into the film that Guillermo del Toro has been developing. However, as del Toro himself said, there’s no reason why the two can’t coincide peacefully.

Strategically, Constantine is a smart bet for NBC. Supernatural dramas have fared well of late (Fox’s Sleepy Hollow being one good example) and, despite criticism from many fans of the comic book series, the Keanu Reeves movie was moderately successful, lending some good name recognition to the project.

Of course, the show’s ultimate success will depend on its casting, writing, and direction, and for that we’ll have to wait until the pilot.

That being said, we’d love to hear your thoughts about this news in the comments. Is a Constantine TV show something you’d tune into on a weekly basis? Or would you rather see him on the big screen?

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  1. If this happens I hope they can get James Marsters to play Constantine.

    • I LIKE!

    • Me, too! It’d be like having Spike and Harry Dresden rolled into one (hopefully with a little Captain John Hart to boot). Can’t think of a more perfect person! I wonder if e-mails to NBC from supportive fans would help….

  2. I’m all for this but not necessarily excited, I want Zatanna

  3. I seem to remember seeing a movie with supernatural themes once called Constantine. Any relation? I am tempted to say it involved a fallen angel or something like that,b ut I don’t remember much about it.

    • Article mentioned Sleepy Hollow. I have been watching it, and am finding it refreshingly entertaining, especially the actor playing Icabod Crane. I think that will be a DVD purchase when available.

    • The same character but the movie was based on an arc of the original Constantine from the Vertigo title- Hellblazer but the title was originally printed under DC so DC decide to take back every character with a title on Vertigo that was originally printed DC (i.e Hellblazer, Swamp Thing and Animal Man and add them to the new 52).

      This will probably based on the new 52 version which was ok. Kinda like him on the JLD book, Constantine on his own solo book was a pretty boring. Hope the show isn’t as watered down as the new 52′s.

      It would be better if it was HBO adapting Hellblazer but whatever…I’ll take it if it’s Hannibal good.

    • Yes. Well….no and yes because in the movie they changed the location of where he lives from London to L.A, and also changed his heritage to American from British. Sam character but different aspects. It was still a pretty funny/dark movie. I dis/liked it. So same same for me.

  4. Wow, I’m a big fan of the 2005 film, and recently I’ve submerged myself into the Hellblazer comics to get the real deal. Honestly, I’m not so sure about how are they going to pull this off. I don’t know, but I’d take my John Constantine with a bit of profanity and horror, maybe gore? Not sure they’ll take that direction in an open network. I don’t know, just my thoughts. Primetime Constantine? I think he’s on a different level to Supernatural, Buffy and similar shows… but I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Any words if this will be based on the original Hellblazer or if it’s going to start from the new Constantine series?

  5. It will do much better as a high budget TV show because Constantine will be able to solve multiple cases.

  6. All I know is I really want Paul Bettany to play John Constantine, either in a movie or TV series. He would be perfect imo.

  7. Only if they have the holy grenade launcher from the movie.

  8. Pros: it is being made, a tv series can explore way more than a movie, the budget at NBC should be ample.

    Con: Unless it airs at 10pm it could be seriously watered down for a mass audience.

  9. Just…
    YESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Stay true to the comic.. JOHN CONSTANTINE IS ENGLISH!!

    That is the character, that is the concept!

    • I agree 100% , probably one of the best Vertigo comics from the 1990s was Constantine, the movie was pure rubbish….. the TV show will be similar in name only…..pity it was not a HBO or AMC effort…. the source material is so rich…..

  11. How about mark pellegrino for constantine ? In the top pic, that really looks like him

    • Certainly a unique choice! How’s his British accent? If I remember correctly, he teaches acting, so chances are he could pull it off.

  12. Paul Bettany for Constantine!

  13. I hope this goes well. Very popular character, great support characters, awesome all round. Bonus will be if we see zatana or deadman or other occult dc heroes enter….I’m seriously thinking that we may see the Specter or Phantom stranger…or any other member of the trench coat brigade….and god find a british actor.

  14. From what I’ve read around the web, NBC isn’t likely to renew Dracula, so this could fit in well with their darker-themed shows like Hannibal and Grimm. Assuming this is a WB property aired on NBC Universal, and mixed with Arrow and Gotham, DC seems intent on taking over the networks. Still, this would be a more interesting fit for FX or a cable network, I think.

  15. From what I’ve read around the web about this series it sounds like it will go very dark and have a Hannibal type of darkness which, if true, will be awesome. I love Hannibal and if it has that kind of darkness then I am all for it. Also, it’s sounding like this will take over the Dracula spot as it’s looking like it will not be renewed. Constantine paired with Grimm would be an excellent combo IMO

  16. Cool concept, but NBC? That network has a knack for airing the worst shows on television.

    • Normally I would agree but since Hannibal, NBC has really stepped up their game. Revolution is actually doing a lot better, Grimm is a nice escape for Fridays, and from what people keep telling me Chicago Fire is an okay series. The only series I really watch on NBC is Revolution, Grimm, and Hannibal. If the series is suppose to be as dark as Hannibal then I am all in because Hannibal is my top series for network TV right now

  17. Hey, it’s these are my first comments here on a ScreenRant article. I just bumped into this picture and thought “hey, why not?” :)
    http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l6wew4PVK71qagkhko1_500.jpg
    Thoughts?

  18. NBC…this is very bad

  19. I think this could be a very good thing. Maybe a gateway to introduce characters like Zatanna, Phantom Stranger, Mr. E, Deadman etc… I think I may have a 4th TV show to add to the DVR list soon.

  20. Bettany would be great, but i think she show would definitely be a heavily watered down version of the comic. I read the comic from a couple of issues in (1988-89?) and it’s very dark, much darker than could be shown on a normal tv network. I enjoyed the film, but it was nothing like the comic, to be honest. I agree that this would be more at home on HBO, but all in all, i think they just shouldn’t do it. It’s not gonna translate to tv in a way that pleases the fans. Then again, i do have the option of not watching it and pretending it didn’t happen, hahaha.

  21. Jude Law would be a great Constantine, but he may be too famous for TV. NBC’s Dracula sucks – maybe they can steal away John Rhys Meyers and put him on a worthy project to recover his image after Drac, or cast his sexy friend Stuart Townsend and save him from the effects of that Queen of the Damned mess. Bettamy may work but Legion was lousy. What about Brits from the Perks of Being a Wallflower?

  22. If handled right…this could be a great t.v. series. A few cameos from members of the Justice League Dark. Constantine works better for the small screen than a major movie. Get it off NBC and move it to another network that deals with more adult themes and it could be a success!

  23. Christopher Eccleston for Constantine!!

  24. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is Constatine! He’s probably too busy though…

  25. James Marsters could play Constantine.

    • I am in complete agreement. His British accent is so convincing even the Brits were surprised to learn that he’s American. He does a lot of his own stunt work, which saves the network money. He’s got a large international fan base, which practically guarantees the show will be a success. He looks younger than he is, but isn’t too young to play Constantine (who was 35 to 60 in the comics). He excels at playing people of…questionable moral status. He is a superb actor. His voice acting with the Harry Dresden audio books gives him experience at portraying a sorcerer. He has gone back to theater and is also very involved with his band Ghost of the Robot, though, so I don’t know if he’s looking for a role this time-consuming. I guarantee I’d watch religiously if he played Constantine, though!

  26. Oh, hell, yes please! I definitely want this!…
    Is what I’d say if this wasn’t taken up by an open network. I mean, come on, John Constantine without swearing and smoking and beating the bloody s*** out oft Monsters that aren’t appropriate for a primetime audience? Keanu Reeves at least was allowed to smoke!

  27. I was game until David S. Goyer’s name was brought up. Another issue I have is with the fact that Hellblazer was an ultraviolent, sometimes downright disturbing comic – that’s what made it so great. How will that translate to a TV product whose producers will probably want to attract as much audience and money out of it as they can?

  28. Hanging out for so HARD. Would love to see him on both small and BIG screen. I just hope they pronounce his name right. Constantine with a ‘tyne’ not ‘teen’.

  29. Why not go first class and do a HBO series with Johnny Depp as Constantine.