J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker, Lost) will produce a new series based on the DC character Constantine for HBO Max, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Abrams’ Bad Robot and WarnerMedia will work with British novelist Guy Bolton who also will write the pilot episode. According to THR, they are currently looking to cast an actor of color for the titular role.
Keeanu Reeves (John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum) took on the role of the occult master in the 2005 film Constantine directed by Francis Lawrence (Red Sparrow). More recently Matt Ryan (Criminal Minds) portrayed the DC character Constantine in the only 2014/2015 season of NBC’s series of the same name. Ryan was also featured in CW’s Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow reprising the role on a few occasions.
In the comics, John Constantine has most recently become a key part of Justice League Dark, a team of magic based heroes that fight against supernatural crisis’. Justice League Dark is also another project Abrams is adapting for the streaming service HBO Max. Abrams, WarnerMedia and HBO Max are looking to bring life to the Justice League Dark team from the 2011 comic, including Zatanna, Deadmand, Swamp Thing and John Constantine.
In addition to the upcoming Constantine series, Justice League Dark is another one of the upcoming projects on the horizon for Bad Robot and HBO Max partnership. The brands’ alliance is also set to bring 1970s set Duster and The Shining spinoff Overlook according to THR.
The Constantine series will join a growing library of DC and HBO Max projects to come including Abram’s Justice League Dark, James Gunn’s The Peacemaker and a Greg Berlanti (Titans) produced Green Lantern series.