NBC has issued a pilot order for Constantine, an adaptation of the DC Comics character created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and Jamie Delano in 1985.
We first reported on the project back in September, when NBC brought on David S. Goyer and The Mentalist executive producer Daniel Cerone to write the pilot script. The writers will serve as executive producers on the pilot episode.
The character first appeared in a 1985 issue of The Saga Of The Swamp Thing, before receiving his own comic book series Hellblazer under the DC imprint Vertigo in 1988. In the comics, John Constantine is a con man who becomes a reluctant supernatural detective, serving as a protector from demonic forces. The Hellblazer comics ran for over 300 issues, before being rebooted under DC's "New 52" line, which features a younger version of the character. It is believed that this series will use the "New 52" story line, although that has not been confirmed.
Keanu Reeves played John Constantine in Francis Lawrence's 2005 directorial debut Constantine. We reported in February that Guillermo del Toro plans to use the character in his project entitled Dark Universe, a.k.a. Justice League: Dark, although it isn't known if that story line will intersect with this new TV series.