It's January, which means pilot season is officially in full swing. To that end, NBC has announced two new drama orders.
First up is 'Constantine,' based on the long-running Vertigo comic series 'Hellblazer.' The story follows title character John Constantine, a cynical, emotionally damaged occult detective that is driven by a desire to redeem his past sins by fighting evil and helping those in need.
If that sounds familiar, it's probably because 'Hellblazer' was already adapted into the 2005 feature film 'Constantine,' starring Keanu Reeves. While the film made money, and the overall audience reception was positive, many comics fans found themselves irked by all the changes to the character and his backstory. For one, Constantine is a blond-haired, fast talking, Londoner in the comics. The black-haired, monotone, decidedly not English Reeves was about as far from the original character as one could get. The setting was also changed to Los Angeles, lending a completely different atmosphere to the proceedings.
While details about the specifics of the TV version are scarce, we do know that current 'The Mentalist' and former 'Dexter' producer Daniel Cerone will serve as an executive producer and handle scripting duties for the pilot. Go-to DC Universe screenwriter David S. Goyer ('Man of Steel,' 'The Dark Knight,' 'Batman Begins') will also executive produce. Hopefully the hiring of someone like Goyer means that longtime 'Hellblazer' readers can look forward to a more faithful adaptation this time.
Also receiving a pilot order is 'The Mysteries of Laura,' a drama based on the popular Spanish series 'Los Misterios de Laura.' I'll give you one guess as to what that translates to. The show revolves around the life and experiences of the titular quirky female homicide detective.
If juggling her demanding job and meddling ex-husband wasn't enough, Laura soon finds herself driven to her wits end by her ever more troublesome twin sons. Jeff Rake ('The Tomorrow People,' Beauty and the Beast') will pen the project, which hails from Greg Berlanti's ('Brothers and Sisters') Berlanti Productions and Aaron Kaplan's ('Back in the Game') Kapital Entertainment.