“Constantine” will be coming to the small screen according to a recent report by Entertainment Weekly. NBC will host the DC Comics’ anti-hero, which is based on the very popular comic book character John Constantine. Constantine served as the lead in the comics Hellblazer and Constantine. “Batman Begins” scribe David S. Goyer will be responsible for writing the script with The Mentalist” executive producer Daniel Cerone. Goyer and Cerone will also serve as executive producers.
The big screen adaptation of the popular comic book with the same name starring Keanu Reeves as John Constantine, was a huge success, grossing $230,884,728 worldwide. This will however not be taken in to consideration as a selling point, NBC will watch the pilot first before deciding whether it will move forward with the series or not.
dc.wikia.com gives us a little more insight about the character John Constantine:
“John Constantine is an occult detective and professional sorcerer from Liverpool, England. His gritty and brutal attitude makes him recognizable as a cynical, foul-mouthed, chain-smoking anti-hero. Because of his former status as a Vertigo Universe character, he appeared exclusively in his own series Hellblazer for many years during which he aged in real time. He has been a member of Justice League Dark, the Newcastle Crew and the Trenchcoat Brigade. In addition, he has also acted as a supernatural advisor and ally to the Swamp Thing. John Constantine was created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and John Totleben, first appearing in Saga of the Swamp Thing #37. (1985)”
For those of you not familiar with the comic books, check out the trailer for the 2005 big screen adaptation: