The Constantine comeback is on.
The latest effort to bring John Constantine–the DC Comics warlock, detective and con man–to the screen got a boost this past week when DC Films said the HBO Max series is in pre-production and should starting shooting early next year, according to a report in Variety.
Producers are reportedly searching for shooting locations, but few details of the Constantine series have been disclosed so far. It has been rumored that Warner Bros. is considering Sope Dirisu (Gangs of London) for the titular role.
The DC Comics Constantine character–created by Alan Moore, Stephen R. Bissette, Rick Veitch and John Totleben–debuted in Swamp Thing No. 37 in 1985 and received his own title three years later. Empire ranked Constantine third in its 50 Greatest Comics Characters of All Time.
The character made his live-action debut in the Keanu Reeves-led film Constantine (2005), in which he was portrayed as an exorcist with the ability to “perceive and communicate with half-angels and half-demons in their true forms and to travel between Earth and Hell.”
Constantine–met with a mixed reception from critics–earned $231 million worldwide on a budget of between $70 million ad $100 million.
Keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on the HBO Max Constantine series.