Last month, NBC officially passed on a second season of the comic book-based television series Constantine. Since then, fans have tried to save the show, encouraging other networks to pickup it up. Sadly, executive producer Daniel Cerone revealed today that Constantine is officially dead.
Daniel Cerone broke the news via Twitter:
I promised I'd share news when I had it -- sadly, that news is not good. The cast and writers of Constantine are being released from their contracts. The studio tried to find a new home for the show, for which we're forever grateful, but those efforts didn't pan out. I'm sorry, I wasn't provided any information on the attempts to sell the show elsewhere. All I can report is that the show is over.
Many ingredients went into this TV series. From the dedicated cast that breathed these characters to life, led by Matt Ryan as the comic-made-flesh embodiment of John Constantine, to the exceptionality talented crew that put unreal images on screen, to the original Hellblazer writers and artists who gifted us a universe.
As a general principle, writers don't choose a writing career to achieve stardom. Whatever demons or insecurities drove them to find freedom of expression through written words generally keeps writers comfortably obscure behind their words. Nor do people choose writing as a means to financial freedom. I'd venture to guess that most who set out to write professionally never receive a paycheck for their hopeful scribbles or key strokes.
In fact, nobody I know ever chose a writing career -- it chose them. You write because that's what you do. Like breathing, it just happens and you have to do it and you just hope that someday somebody out there notices what you're trying to say.
If that's the dream of writers, than the writers of Constantine lived the dream, because we're leaving behind wild and passionate fans who believe in and were moved by what we tried to do. To leave such a significant, dedicated and active fan base on the table -- that's the real sadness. You all deserve many years of the series we set out to make, and we're disappointed that we couldn't deliver that to you. The good news is that Constantine will live on for years in many more forms. But our time as caretakers has ended.
Constantine was put into a difficult Friday night time slot, where many shows go to die. Not exactly the best spot to debut a show, but it was put right next to Grimm which is another supernatural television series that has flourished on that night. Constantine never had a large audience, but it did develop a cult following in its short stint.
If you want to look for a silver lining, there's a chance the character could appear in Guillermo del Toro's Justice League Dark film whenever he gets around to putting that together.