It’s been a very busy couple of days for comic book TV news with first the revelations about Fox’s Gotham show, and now confirmation that John Constantine is one step closer to his own TV debut with NBC giving the greenlight for a Constantine pilot.
The proposed series scripted and produced by David S. Goyer and Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist, Dexter) will now look for its leading man, and a director to bring the world of DC Comics/Vertigo’s Hellblazer to life. As I’m sure you remember, the previous attempt to bring the comic to the screen was 2005’s Constantine starring Keanu Reeves as the dark-haired, Americanized, L.A.-based version of John Constantine. A sorcerer and confidence man who if he ever saves the world, usually only does it as an aside to his own personal goals, Constantine was originally English, based in London and looked a lot like Sting from The Police.
As to what direction this Constantine is going to take is uncertain. It seems unlikely it’ll be London-set seeing as how this is being made for American network TV, but it might be interesting if they have a British Constantine whose transferred himself to “The New World” a la CBS’ Elementary. Maybe Constantine flees to America after honking off one too many bad characters in England. I guess we’ll find out.
In other news, NBC also announced that they were ordering a pilot from Arrow and Tomorrow People executive producer Greg Berlanti called The Mysteries of Laura. Laura is based on a Spanish series about a homicide detective who handles some of the toughest criminals on the street, but can’t quite handle her chaotic home life, which includes her sons, a pair of evil twins. Berlanti, who is also working in CW’s The Flash for fall 2014, will co-produce with Jeff Rake (Beauty and the Beast, Tomorrow People).
More TV news as it develops.