A series reboot of DC Comics’ Constantine is reportedly in the works for HBO Max.
As reported by Variety, the upcoming TV series is being developed by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot with British novelist Guy Bolton tapped to write the show’s pilot.
The report said that the TV series will feature a younger version of the beloved DC character and will “focus more on the horror elements of the comics rather than the religious ones.”
Sources also told Variety that the upcoming show would connect to the Justice League Dark series that is also being developed by Abrams. HBO Max declined to comment, according to the news outfit.
It’s still unknown who will portray John Constantine in the series reboot but several reports claimed that the show is expected to cast a “diverse” lead.
According to a report by The Illuminerdi, the production is currently looking for a BIPOC actor "in their late 20s, similar to a young Riz Ahmed."
First appeared in DC Comics’ The Saga of Swamp Thing #37 in 1985, the master of the dark arts made his film debut in 2005’s live-action movie Constantine with Keanu Reeves in the titular role.
After more than a decade, Matt Ryan stepped in as the Hellblazer in the short-lived NBC series of the same name. When the show got cancelled, Ryan later reprised his role in The CW’s Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow.
Once it premiers on HBO’s streaming service, the darker take on Constantine is expected to join HBO Max’s growing DC portfolio which includes James Gunn’s The Peacemaker, Greg Berlanti’s Green Lantern, Harley Quinn, Doom Patrol and Titans.
There is still no word yet on the release date of HBO Max’s Constantine.
(Image from DC Comics)