According to the pop-culture entertainment website The Illuminerdi, J. J. Abrams and his Bad Robot Productions company have begun working on a new reboot of Constantine for HBO Max.
This new show is being described as a darker version than anything we have seen on film before, with the show reportedly being “less focused on religion, and more focused on the horror elements from the Constantine comics.”
Along with the darker tone of the show, Abrams and company are also looking to cast a BIPOC actor in their late twenties as the character of John Constantine. It was rumored that HBO Max and Abrams were looking for an actor similar to Riz Ahmed (Venom), although they don’t appear to be in talks with Ahmed and are just using the actor’s look as a model.
The series will be written by Guy Bolton, who reportedly has already completed the pilot script.
Previously, the occult detective was portrayed by Matt Ryan on NBC’s short-lived, thirteen-episode Constantine series between October 2014 – February 2015.
The character was then revived when he was picked up by The CW and integrated into The CW’s “Arrowverse,” appearing in a couple of episodes of ‘Arrow’ before joining the series of ‘Legends of Tomorrow.’
Back in April 2020, it was revealed that Abrams and his Bad Robot Productions company would be working on developing a Justice League Dark Project. It’s unknown if this new Constantine series will factor into the project, as Constantine was a founding member of the comic book team.
Currently, there are no official casting announcements or production date for the series.
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