J.J. Abrams attached to HBO Max ‘Constantine’ reboot

J.J. AbramsBad Robot is developing a darker reboot of DC Comics Constantine for HBO Max with Guy Bolton attached to write.

It has been reported that Abrams’ production company Bad Robot is working with the WarnerMedia streamer on the reboot, which will see the character as a young Londoner. Bolton has written the pilot script with plans to open a writers room in March.

John Constantine has been portrayed onscreen both in film and television in the past. The first live-action incarnation of the character was played by Keanu Reeves in the 2005 film Constantine.

The character is set to be cast as a diverse lead, a departure from the one played by Matt Ryan in the NBC series, which aired for one season between 2014-2015. That series was developed by David Goyer and Daniel Cerone and similarly based on the DC Comics character John Constantine, a British exorcist and occult detective who hunts the supernatural.

Ryan also appeared as the character in The CW’s Arrow and as a series regular in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, all part of the Arrowverse.

The new HBO Max series does not currently have any timeline for production or release.

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