Mere days after news broke that Fox has ordered the James Gordon-centered “Gotham,” word arrives that John Constantine is also heading to television.
Deadline reports NBC has ordered “Constantine,” a Warner Bros. Television drama based on DC Comics’ cynical occult detective and con man who has headlined two ongoing series (the long-running “Hellblazer” and the current “Constantine”) as well as a 2005 film. David S. Goyer, who’s certainly no stranger to DC properties, will write the script with The Mentalist executive producer Daniel Cerone.
The network committed to a script plus penalty, which means if the pilot isn’t produced and aired, NBC will have to pay a hefty fee to Warner Bros.
Created by Alan Moore, John Totleben and Stephen R. Bissette, John Constantine debuted in 1985’s “The Saga of the Swamp Thing” #37, and served as the main character’s supernatural adviser before making the jump three years later to his own series, “Hellblazer.” With the launch of Vertigo in 1993, “Hellblazer” was moved to the mature-readers imprint, where it remained as its longest-running series until earlier this year, when the title was ended and the character fully returned to the DC Universe. He now stars in “Justice League Dark” and in his solo title “Constantine.”
The NBC adaptation is the third Warner Bros./DC project to go into development this season, behind “Gotham” and “The Flash,” the planned spinoff of The CW’s breakout drama “Arrow” (“Glee” actor Grant Gustin was announced just two weeks ago in the role of Barry Allen).
In addition, Fox committed in July to a pilot from 20th Century Fox Television based on Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.”