J.J. Abrams Producing New ‘Constantine’ Series for HBO Max

There’s a new Constantine series heading to HBO Max – and J.J. Abrams is among the team bringing it to life.

Abrams’ production company Bad Robot is on board the reboot, which is said to be “darker” take on the DC Comics character that was previously played by Matt Ryan in the short-lived NBC series. Bad Robot will be teaming up with HBO Max parent company WarnerMedia for the new series.

Deadline is reporting that this version of John Constantine will be played by a diverse lead, which will be a further point of difference from the previous screen takes starring Keanu Reeves and Ryan. Vulcan Reporter got a whiff that Constantine was circling HBO Max last year, although it’s only now being confirmed by a number of major outlets.

Writer of the new Constantine is Guy Bolton, an up-and-coming British scribe who has thus far written two books, one of which, The Pictures, had its film rights acquired by Hell or High Water director David Mackenzie. Bolton is also at work on another series project, The Croupier, an original pilot currently in development. Bolton is said to have already penned the pilot for this Constantine reboot and will have a writers room put together around March.

As for Bad Robot, the company has a number of projects in the works at HBO Max: Overlook, a horror-thriller series that’s inspired by Stephen King film The Shining; Duster, a 70’s Southwest-set series following a gutsy getaway driver for a growing crime syndicate; and a DC Justice League Dark show, which this may or not be a part of.

Stay tuned…