Some new details have been revealed about the pilot episode of 'Constantine,' an upcoming TV series based on DC's occult detective.
Formerly seen in the 2005 film starring Keanu Reeves and directed by Francis Lawrence, the show promises to be considerably closer to the source material - in which, notably, the title character was blonde-haired and British (though this is not the only thing the film changed, not necessarily for the better).
The pilot episode is currently in production, directed by Britain's own Neil Marshall ('The Descent,' 'Doomsday,' and a notably epic episode of 'Game of Thrones') with Matt Ryan as the eponymous lead John Constantine.
Shock Till You Drop report they've had a look at Daniel Cerone's script for the pilot, and have uncovered a number of hitherto unknown details which may shed a little light on what we can expect from the eventual series.
Firstly, the setting: "The pilot takes place in and around New York City (which I don't think has been known about until now)."
Secondly, we're getting straight into dark territory with the central anti-hero who is never short of demons, figuratively or literally; reportedly when we meet John, he "has voluntarily checked himself into a psychiatric clinic... haunted by an incident in which he lost a 9-year-old girl to a demon who has dragged her soul to hell."
However, this John is apparently still the "clever wise-ass" he's always been in the comics, who "masks his emotions with wry humor."
We are also told a little more about the female lead Liv Parsons, played by 'Robin Hood' and 'True Blood' star Lucy Griffiths.
Liv is "a young woman who works at a rental car facility, gets caught up in John's world when she discovers something is after her." Turns out John knew her dead father, and subsequently Liv becomes "our conduit to John's world of rituals, pendants, black magic" - perhaps not unlike Rachel Weisz's character was in the movie.
Apparently the pilot lays "the foundation... for a long-lasting partnership between Liv and John. Now that she's aware of the world beyond ours, she wants to use her knowledge to help others. But is John willing to assist her?"
While STYD avoid going into great detail, they seem very positive about the 'Constantine' pilot script overall, suggesting it may wind up in a similar spirit to TV's 'Sleepy Hollow' and 'Supernatural.'
Speaking for myself, I have the utmost faith in director Neil Marshall, and it's very clear that they're sticking at least a little closer to the character as established in the comics than the Keanu Reeves movie did - which, in my book, can only be a good thing.