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Constantine TV series is in the works and Martin Freeman is heading to FX's Fargo with Billy Bob Thornton

Sep. 27, 2013by:

I have some interesting television news for you this morning involving a British comic book character and a British actor. Deadline is reporting that NBC has landed Constantine, a drama that will be based on John Constantine and the characters that appear in the comics. Constantine will be written and produced by David S. Goyer and Daniel Cerone, executive producer for The Mentalist.

For those of you unfamiliar with the comics or the 2005 film starring Keanu Reeves (although there were many changes made for the movie), John Constantine is a cynical British occult detective who defends the world from dark forces, including influences on humanity from Heaven and Hell. There's a chance we'll be seeing two versions of the character in the near future since Guillermo Del Toro is also working on the film DARK UNIVERSE that will feature John Constantine, as well as other DC characters like Swamp Thing and The Spectre.

Meanwhile, Variety has learned Martin Freeman has joined FX's Fargo, a 10-episode series inspired by the movie. He'll be playing a small-town insurance salesman whose life is forever changed due to the arrival of Lorne Malvo, a manipulative character who will be played by Billy Bob Thornton. Joel and Ethan Coen are executive producing the limited mini-series.

Both projects have the potential to be great, but I'm not going be sold on either series until I see something from them. I'm a fan of the Hellblazer/Constantine comics and I love FARGO, so I really hope NBC and FX doesn't end up airing pale imitations of the source material.

Extra Tidbit: Which series are you more interested in? I'm leaning towards Fargo.
Source: DeadlineVariety

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7:10PM on 09/29/2013

can we finally get james Marsters to play Constantine?

The guy has a look that bled over ti the comics. Spike = Constantine.
The guy has a look that bled over ti the comics. Spike = Constantine.
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3:00AM on 09/28/2013
Interesting news but not really looking forward with Goyer's involvement in the Constantine series.
Interesting news but not really looking forward with Goyer's involvement in the Constantine series.
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12:51AM on 09/28/2013
cool to see were getting Fargo and Constantine, but not so sure about the network. I guess we will see.
cool to see were getting Fargo and Constantine, but not so sure about the network. I guess we will see.
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10:08PM on 09/27/2013
If they keep Constantine (cons-tun-tyne, not con-stan-teen) as a chain smoking brit with a brown trench coat this time, I'd watch it.
If they keep Constantine (cons-tun-tyne, not con-stan-teen) as a chain smoking brit with a brown trench coat this time, I'd watch it.
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8:53PM on 09/27/2013

Fargo

Anything on FX has been good, was really hoping Constantine had ended up there
Anything on FX has been good, was really hoping Constantine had ended up there
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4:20PM on 09/27/2013

Anyone agree

I always thought Rhys ifans would be an awesome Constantine. He just has that look.
I always thought Rhys ifans would be an awesome Constantine. He just has that look.
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4:18PM on 09/27/2013

Should've gone to AMC

Why NBC? AMC has proven themselves to have way better shows than any network. I'm not just talking breaking bad. At least their writers would know how to handle a series like that
Why NBC? AMC has proven themselves to have way better shows than any network. I'm not just talking breaking bad. At least their writers would know how to handle a series like that
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6:41PM on 09/29/2013
AMC screws it's talent, better to go to FX.
AMC screws it's talent, better to go to FX.
11:56AM on 09/27/2013
I'm all for a show about Constantine, but not on NBC. I have a feeling that it might be in the same vein as Grimm (which is a good show, but the wrong tone for Constantine). And I have no interest in the Fargo television show for some reason.

The only show I want to see Freeman in is Sherlock.
I'm all for a show about Constantine, but not on NBC. I have a feeling that it might be in the same vein as Grimm (which is a good show, but the wrong tone for Constantine). And I have no interest in the Fargo television show for some reason.

The only show I want to see Freeman in is Sherlock.
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11:22AM on 09/27/2013

What no not David S Goyer again..!!!

He is doing lots of projects these days, no wonder the guy's stories are crap and have crap re-imagining, having too much stuff to do doesn't make a masterpiece but produces lots of bad ones. If he had only concentrated on a single project at a time he would produce much better material.
And yeah I don't see Da Vinci as Da Vinci.. I like the show but not because of Da Vinci , they rather have made it into a new IP based on a new fictional character.
The news of a new show would have felt
He is doing lots of projects these days, no wonder the guy's stories are crap and have crap re-imagining, having too much stuff to do doesn't make a masterpiece but produces lots of bad ones. If he had only concentrated on a single project at a time he would produce much better material.
And yeah I don't see Da Vinci as Da Vinci.. I like the show but not because of Da Vinci , they rather have made it into a new IP based on a new fictional character.
The news of a new show would have felt exciting if it were on HBO,StarZ, AMC or FX etc. ABC just makes cheesy, cliched shows with bad effects.
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11:08AM on 09/27/2013

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Was really excited ab the Constantine show till I saw it'd be on ABC. I was hoping it'd be on FX. I don't think ABC could do such a dark character justice.
Was really excited ab the Constantine show till I saw it'd be on ABC. I was hoping it'd be on FX. I don't think ABC could do such a dark character justice.
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11:10AM on 09/27/2013
NBC I mean
NBC I mean
4:19PM on 09/27/2013
Should've gone to AMC or HBO
Should've gone to AMC or HBO
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10:59AM on 09/27/2013
Is anyone else looking at the picture at the top of the article and saying "Martin Freeman should be Constantine"? Just look at the two pictures.... I have more anticipation for the Constantine series as long as it's done with the tone of the original Vertigo series. But alas being on NBC, I'm not going to hold my breath.
Is anyone else looking at the picture at the top of the article and saying "Martin Freeman should be Constantine"? Just look at the two pictures.... I have more anticipation for the Constantine series as long as it's done with the tone of the original Vertigo series. But alas being on NBC, I'm not going to hold my breath.
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10:16AM on 09/27/2013

As long as...

The show is based off the Vertigo series and not this watered down crap version DC is passing off, I'm happy.
The show is based off the Vertigo series and not this watered down crap version DC is passing off, I'm happy.
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9:43AM on 09/27/2013
I would much rather see del Toro's Justice League Dark than a standalone Hellblazer TV show. I think that if Damian Lewis wasn't on Homeland and dyed his hair blonde, he could be a half-decent John Constantine.
I would much rather see del Toro's Justice League Dark than a standalone Hellblazer TV show. I think that if Damian Lewis wasn't on Homeland and dyed his hair blonde, he could be a half-decent John Constantine.
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9:01AM on 09/27/2013

Warners has no idea what to do with DC

Is WB/DC building a cohesive TV/movie universe?! Probably not. This is just going to mess with Del Toro's Justice League Dark, which I'd much rather see than a lame show on NBC. I'm okay with the comics based television shows
Is WB/DC building a cohesive TV/movie universe?! Probably not. This is just going to mess with Del Toro's Justice League Dark, which I'd much rather see than a lame show on NBC. I'm okay with the comics based television shows
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9:03AM on 09/27/2013
...but put it on FX, AMC, HBO, etc. where it can really succeed. The more I hear about their upcoming projects the more I shake my head.

Screwed up on my phone.
...but put it on FX, AMC, HBO, etc. where it can really succeed. The more I hear about their upcoming projects the more I shake my head.

Screwed up on my phone.
12:50PM on 09/27/2013
The sad part is there's plenty of talent on the Warner Premiere side, like Bruce Timm, who would do an amazing job with comics-based properties. For some reason, they don't use them on either the TV series or the movies.
The sad part is there's plenty of talent on the Warner Premiere side, like Bruce Timm, who would do an amazing job with comics-based properties. For some reason, they don't use them on either the TV series or the movies.
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