Hot on the heels of Warner Bros. Discovery announcing a sequel to 2005’s Keanu Reeves-led “Constantine” film, another project based on the “Hellblazer” character received some bad news.
Variety reports that both the planned “Constantine” and “Madame X” series in the works at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions label are dead at HBO Max.
Sources for the trade indicate the streamer had been in early talks with an actor for the show’s lead role before the new movie came together, and four scripts by British writer Guy Bolton were written for the new series, which was to be set in contemporary London.
In addition, “Madame X,” to be produced by Angela Robinson, is also being taken off the board. Both shows were part of the planned “Justice League Dark” universe of titles that Abrams was involved in.
Despite the scrapping, Warner Bros. Television and Bad Robot remain high on both projects and plan to find a new home for them both as over two years of development work has already gone into them.
Abrams is no stranger to this problem, for the past two weeks he and filmmaker Matt Reeves have been shopping around the high-profile “Batman: Caped Crusader” animated series after HBO Max similarly passed on it.