Some of you may remember the movie called "Constantine" from the 1990s, that featured Keanu Reeves as a working-class magician, occult detective, and con man stationed in London. He is known for his endless cynicism, deadpan snarking, ruthless cunning, and constant chain smoking, but is also a passionate humanist driven by a heartfelt desire to do some good in his life. NOW, NBC TV is working on a television series about this occult detective! I read the comics and love them! Looking forward to it, since this article indicates they're sticking to the comics! - Rob
In an interview with I Am Rogue, Goyer discussed the work on the pilot — which, by this point, will have begun filming — and teased a bit of what fans of the character can expect.
“He will have his signature trench coat and skinny tie. I would say that the show clings more closely to the sourse material then the film did. Even though the film was interesting,” he said. “Quite a few other characters from the comic books and possibly from the DC Universe should we move forward will be showing up. … I think we would try to bring in some of the other occult figures.”
As to whether Constantine will be sporting his signature cigarette, the executive producer said it was a “tricky” proposition for network television, but that the team was “negotiating.” Goyer also stated that one more actor — beyond star Matt Ryan and supporting actors Harold Perrineau, Charles Halford and Lucy Griffiths — has yet to be announced as a character from the comics.
INTERVIEW: IAR managing editor Jami Philbrick speaks exclusively with writer/executive producer David S. Goyer about his work on the TV pilot for 'Constantine,' which is based on the popular DC Comics occult character.