EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: David S. Goyer Talks 'Constantine' TV Pilot

Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:51
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One of the most anticipated new series being developed for NBC next season is Constantine, which is based on the popular DC Comics character created by Alan Moore (Watchmen). The pilot episode is about to go into production and is written and produced by David S. Goyer (Man of Steel) and Daniel Cerone (TV's Dexter). The pilot will be shot by director Neil Marshall (Doomsday), and feature Matt Ryan (Layer Cake) as the title character, as well as the recently cast Harold Perrineau (Seeking Justice) as Manny, Lucy Griffiths (Winter's Tale) as Liv, and Charles Halford (HBO's True Detective) as Chas. 

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of sitting down with David S. Goyer to talk about season two of his Starz series Da Vinci's Demons, and also discussed his work on Constantine. While we will run our interview with Goyer about Da Vinci's Demons closer to the season two premiere, we wanted to let you know now what he had to say about Constantine. The executive producer and writer discussed the pilot, when it will begin shooting, how it will be different from the Keanu Reeves film, sticking closer to the Alan Moore source material, if John Constantine will smoke, Matt Ryan, the rest of the recently cast ensemble, what DC characters might appear on the possible series, pilot director Neil Marshall, and the fact that it will be a VFX heavy show. 

To watch our exclusive interview with David S. Goyer about the Constantine TV pilot, please click on the video player above. 

If you don't have time to watch our video, you can read what David S. Goyer had to say about the Constantine TV pilot below:

IAR: Can you talk a little bit about Constantine? When do you start shooting the pilot?

David S. Goyer: We start shooting next week. Shooting the pilot. We only have four series regulars but we've cast them all now. I'm proud to say that Constantine is actually being played by a British guy. Matt Ryan and he is going to have blond hair. 

Will he smoke?

Goyer: That's a tricky one on network TV. We're negotiating right now. He will have his signature trench coat and skinny tie. I would say that the show clings more closely to the sourse material then the film did. Even though the film was interesting. 

So the series will be closer to what Alan Moore created?

Goyer: Yeah. And quite a few other characters from the comic books and possibly from the DC universe should we move forward will be showing up. 

Similar to what they have been doing on Arrow?

Goyer: I think we would try to bring in some of the other occult figures. 

Who else have you recently cast as possible series regulars?

Goyer: Harold Perrineau. He's amazing. He plays an angel but not the kind of angel from Touched by an Angel. He's fantastic. Charles Halford who plays Reggie Ledoux on True Detective. He plays Chas. I don't know if you know that character from the comic books. He's sort of Constantine's strong man/friend. Lucy Griffiths who is ... I don't want to say too much about her. She' s an amalgam of characters. Hopefully, touch wood, They'll be another recurring character announced. Pretty cool actor who fans will know the character he plays from the comic books as well. 

Will this be a visual effects heavy show?

Goyer: Yes, very. And Neil Marshall who directed The Descent, Black Sails, and Game of Thrones is doing the pilot. He's pretty good with scares. 


John Constantine (Ryan) struggles with his faith while haunted by the sins of his past and is suddenly thrust into the role of defending humanity from the gathering forces of darkness.

Constantine is about to begin production on its pilot episode. 

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