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We recently brought word that a pilot episode for a Constantine TV series was given the green light over at NBC, with Neil Marshall (The Descent, Doomsday) directing. It has now been revealed who has been cast in the role of John Constantine.
According to Deadline, Matt Ryan (Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior - pictured below) will star in the TV series pilot and the report comes with what sounds like the first plot details for the episode:
“John Constantine is described as a working-class Londoner with rakish good looks, scruffy blond hair, deadpan humor, and signature trench coat, who has been studying the dark arts since he was a teenager. When the daughter of a late friend is targeted by demons, Constantine steps in to save her.”
- Jonathan James
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Feb 2014 - 06:39
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2008 - another great year for lesser-seen gems...
For some, 2008 will be memorable as the year of The Dark Knight, with its astonishingly unhinged turn from the late Heath Ledger. Alternatively, it could be remembered as the year a legion Indiana Jones fans left cinemas glum-faced, having sat through Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.
Elsewhere, Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan sang and danced on a Greek island in Mamma Mia!, while Will Smith played an alcoholic superhero in Hancock. But as usual, 2008 offered plenty of watchable movies outside the top 10, which is where we swoop in - like Hancock after a bottle of gin.
So as usual, here's our selection of 25 underappreciated films from the year 2008 - starting with a British horror film starring Michael Fassbender...
25. Eden Lake
James Watkins had written »
Casting is heating up for Fox's young Batman pilot "Gotham," as Warner Bros. announced it has added four to the cast of allies (and enemies) in the life of young Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie). Robin Lord Taylor ("Another Earth") will join the series as the Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot, Sean Pertwee ("Doomsday") as butler Alfred Pennyworth, Erin Richards ("Being Human") has been cast as Jim Gordon's fiancée Barbara Kean, and Zabryna Guevara ("Burn Notice") will be Gordon's ...
By Charles Webb »
Robin Lord Taylor (Another Earth, Accepted, The Walking Dead) has been cast as Oswald Cobblepot (aka The Penguin). Character description: With the brains of a chess grandmaster and the morals of a jackal, Oswald Cobblepot is a low-level psychopath (for gangster Fish Mooney) who hides his sadistic lust for power behind an exquisitely polite demeanor. ·
Zabryna Guevara (Burn Notice, 3 lbs.) has been cast as Captain Essen. Character description: Gordon’s boss at the Gcpd Homicide Squad, Captain Essen balances the two worlds of police and politics with a Machiavellian skill that’s as much corporate litigator as cop. ·
- Matt MacNabb
Well, the last week or so has been interesting if you’re a Superman fan, hasn’t it? After months of hearing news that pertained almost exclusively to the other characters in his sequel, we finally started to see the focus shift back to Big Blue, himself. We had Henry Cavill sightings in Detroit, with excited fans chatting up the actor and seemingly getting him to spill important bits of info. Then, on Friday, we got to find out who Snyder and Co. have cast as Superman’s nemesis, Lex Luthor.
Yes, the casting of Jesse Eisenberg started a firestorm of discussion. It was a meme-ready casting, for sure- with my favorites being about how fans wanted Heisenberg (Bryan Cranston), and instead they got Eisenberg. This has lead to several of our brother sites around the web posting columns about why we should all give the Social Network actor a chance. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
David S. Goyer and Daniel Cerone wrote the pilot script, which is based on the DC Comics title Hellblazer, created by Alan Moore. The John Constantine character made his debut in a 1985 issue of The Saga Of The Swamp Thing, before getting his own comic book Hellblazer in 1988. The comic ran for over 300 issues, following this magician and con man who reluctantly becomes a supernatural detective, protecting humans from supernatural forces. DC rebooted the series under their New 52 initiative in 2012.
Our report from last week hinted that this version of Constantine may be set in London, going back to the comic book's roots, although that has not been confirmed. The 2005 theatrical adaptation Constantine starred Keanu Reeves as the title character, though he was American, not British.
Is NBC’s “Constantine” pilot going to be the bloodiest, most blood-splatter-tastic TV pilot in all of history? I have no idea, but it sure looks like the chances are pretty good with Neil Marshall behind the camera. The director has landed the gig for the supernatural show, to be based on the D.C. comic book character. “Constantine” will center on the titular John Constantine, “an enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective who is thrust into the role of defending us against dark forces from beyond.” If the name sounds familiar, the character was previously adapted to the big screen by “Hunger Games: Catching Fire’s” Francis Lawrence in the Keanu Reeves starrer “Constantine.” Although he’s more known these days as the director of a pair of bloody “Game of Thrones” episodes (and the “Black Sails” pilot), Marshall has been smashing heads and popping blood vessels with the likes of “Dog Soldiers, »
We recently brought word that a pilot episode for a Constantine TV series was given the green light over at NBC. We just got a lot more excited about this project after learning that Neil Marshall (The Descent, Doomsday) has been hired to direct the pilot.
Of course, Marshall is no stranger to TV, having directed episodes for both Game of Thrones and Black Sails. According to Deadline, the story comes from Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist), who worked on the pilot script with David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies). The two will also serve as executive producers on the project.
John Constantine first appeared in Swamp Thing in 1985 and had his own comic book series, Hellblazer, which started in 1988 and was rebooted earlier this year as Constantine, a new ongoing series set in the DC Universe:
“From a young age, Constantine sought refuge in the »
- Jonathan James
It was just two weeks ago that NBC announced they had ordered a pilot for David Goyer and Daniel Cerone's ("The Mentalist") script for "Constantine," a series based on the DC Comics/Vertigo character, and now Deadline reports that director Neil Marshall will step behind the camera and bring the pilot to life. Marshall is no stranger to supernatural stories having directed the cult hit Dog Soldiers , along with The Descent , Doomsday and Centurion , as well as two episodes of Starz's "Black Sails" and HBO's "Game of Thrones." Created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and John Totleben, John Constantine, a roguish magician/detective/conman, »
According to Deadline, Neil Marshall (Director of films such as The Descent, Doomsday, Centurion, and an episode of Game of Thrones) has been chosen to direct the upcoming pilot for the latest DC Comics television show Constantine. Neil Marshall (The Descent) is set to direct NBC’s drama pilot Constantine, from Warner Bros TV. Based on the characters in DC Comics’ John Constantine stories, Constantine centers on John Constantine, an enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective who is thrust into the role of defending us against dark forces from beyond. The project was written by Daniel Cerone from a story by him and David S. Goyer. The television show, which was preluded by a movie starring Keanu Reeves in 200, will debut on NBC as the pilot has recently been ordered with the excellent writing talents of David S. Goyer(Man of Steel) and Daniel Cerone. No cast has been »
Syfy’s new “werewolf” series Bitten stars Laura Vandervoort and is based on the bestselling author Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series of novels. In anticipation of the shows Us debut tonight we sat down with the pair to discuss the show, its origins and state of genre television…
Kelley, I wondered – I noticed that the show runner, Daegon Frynklind — she wrote the pilot. I thought she did a really good job. I probably murdered her name there. But IMDb also gives you writing credits. I wondered if could confirm that and perhaps tell us how many and which episodes coming up that you wrote — if any.
Kelley Armstrong: And no. I have not written any. There was talk of that early on. They had asked if I wanted to. And I definitely did. Nothing came of it, but maybe at some point in the future.
For Laura, »
- Phil Wheat
11 items from 2014
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