Well it looks like we’ve found out both who is going to be directing the pilot for the upcoming ‘Constantine‘ television show for NBC but also there’s a rumor out about how the lead and location are going to play out! First up is the solid news that Neil Marshall (‘The Descent’, ‘Game of Thrones’) will be sitting in the director’s seat. While the series is sounding to be set in the United States there is still good news for fans of the comic. It looks as if whoever plays John will still be British (or be able to pull off the accent) and be blonde.
Here’s a synopsis of the show if you are not familiar with it:
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.
Now I have to say that even though Neil Marshall is only set for the pilot (so far), this has made me extremely excited about the show. His work on ‘Dog Soldiers’ made me appreciate werewolves on the big screen as few others could and his film ‘The Descent’ is easily in my top 10 favorite horror films. He’s also been working with TV a bit more recently with the final episode of the second season of ‘Game of Thrones’ and the pilot for ‘Black Sails’. So knowing that he can take on horror and suspense and mix them together… well I can’t wait to see what he does with one of DC’s darker characters.
While that gives me hope for the tone and looks of the series, it does makeme wonder Constantine himself. Now this part is still a rumor but it looks like he’s still going to be a British character (though relocated to the United States) and unlike the 2005 film, we aren’t going to be seeing a black haired character trying to take over. The formula has worked quite well on CBS’ ‘Elementary’ and while this isn’t going to be the same kind of series, the overall plan could easily be adapted here.
What I’m going to now wonder is how much of Constantine’s smoking will be brought up in the series. One good thing we can look forward to is that NBC was willing to take risks on a darker tone with ‘Hannibal’ and that means even though this will be on network television, that we can expect it to get a little gruesome where it’s needed.
What do you think about the show’s initial director and the fact they’ll be staying true to the character, if not location, of the upcoming ‘Constantine’ pilot? Share your thoughts below!
Sources: Screen Rant