Constantine has had a rough road trying to find a home for its second season. Unfortunately, it’s actually been a lot like pulling a Band-Aid off slowly: First, the show found some critical pushback, then NBC pumped the brakes, then it was basically done for, and since, it’s kind of been in showbiz purgatory. EP Daniel Cerone took to Twitter earlier Sunday to finally explain the latest, which, essentially, is that the series is sadly, officially dead and un-revivable in his and his team’s hands. “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,” Cerone wrote in an extended post. “But our time as caretakers has ended.” The cast and writers of the show are being released from their contracts, according to Cerone, who added that it was unclear how hard the studio tried to find a new home for the property. For the love of Constantine, RIP, Constantine.
You can read the whole missive here, and below:
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.
Thank you for letting us in.