Neil Marshal, who broke out into the horror scene with the surprise hit ‘Dog Soldiers’ and the creepily atmospheric ‘The Descent’, is set to bring some much needed irreverence to NBC’s pilot Constantine, having been given directorial duties on the DC project. Marshal dropped off the radar for a while after two of his feature length movies – Doomsday and Centurion – were subjected to abysmal distribution which inevitably lead to commercial failure and has recently been back on the small screen, taking on directing duties for both Games of Thrones and Black Sails, in which he directed two episodes for each of the high profile shows.
Produced by Warner Bros TV and based on the Hellblazer series, it looks like DC are hoping to repeat the success of Arrow. Unfortunately, the last time John Constantine was seen on our screens, was when the sub-par Keanu Reeves movie back in 2005. The irreverently esoteric and much reluctant supernatural-detective has been enforced to become an unlikely hero – much to his reluctance– keeping evil forces at bay and sustaining a balance between good and evil forces.
The project was written by Daniel Cerone and is based on a story created by him and David S. Goyer. Not surprisingly, Neil Marshal has shown he is capable of working with material of this bulk in terms of the multi-faceted nature of John Constantine and his anti-hero persona. Marshal has had released some great films, including Dog Soldiers, in which he managed to balance gore, shocks and humour into a seamlessly fun horror movie.
Let’s hope he can deliver the goods here.