NBC’s ‘Constantine’ Pilot Summons ‘Game of Thrones’ Director, Plus First Casting Info
We were excited to learn that the TV superheroes trend turned toward adapting DC’s ‘Hellblazer’ for a ‘Constantine‘ TV series on NBC, even more so when the network officially committed to a pilot installment. Now, the network tapped a familiar ‘Game of Thrones‘ director to helm the comic book adaptation, while a few new casting details emerged, as well.
Via Deadline, Neil Marshall will helm the pilot episode of NBC’s ‘Constantine,’ which will be written and executive produced by ‘The Mentalist’ executive producer Daniel Cerone along with DC feature writer David S. Goyer. Marshall in particular directed ‘The Descent,’ along with some of the more notable ‘Game of Thrones’ installments, namely “Blackwater” and the always-climactic ninth installment of the upcoming fourth season.
Moreover, an early bit of casting information arrived for the pilot beyond the character of John Constantine himself, the “master of the occult” who struggles with his faith and past sins, before being thrust into the role of defending humanity from the gathering forces of darkness. The pilot is also looking to cast the roles of “Liv” and “Manny,” along with “Chas,” most likely that of Constantine’s comic sidekick and taxi driver Frank William “Chas” Chandler. Those with memory of Keanu Reeves‘ adaptation of the character will remember that Shia LaBeouf portrayed a reimagined Chas in the film, but that shouldn’t send anyone running just yet.
The original John Constantine first appeared in 1985, created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and Jamie Delano, and was designed blond, British and with a chain-smoking appearance likened to Police frontman Sting.
We’re excited to see what NBC and Neil Marshall conjure for the pilot, but what say you? What would you want to see from a small-screen ‘Constantine’ adaptation?