Efforts to Shop 'Constantine' Fail as Showrunner Thanks Fans With Heartfelt Letter

Daniel Cerone says the cast and creators of the canceled NBC DC Comics adaptation have been released from their contracts.

It's a sad day for Constantine fans.

Daniel Cerone, the showrunner on the short-lived NBC drama, confirmed Sunday that efforts to shop the DC Comics adaptation have failed.

"I promised I'd share news when I had it — sadly, that news is not good," he posted on Twitter. "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." 

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From Warner Bros. Television, Constantine completed its 13-episode run in February very quietly. The DC Comics adaptation of Hellblazer starring Matt Ryan concluded with 3 million total viewers and was paired with veteran Grimm, as NBC attempted to find a good companion for its veteran genre show.

Despite rumors of drama produced by David Goyer moving to corporate sibling Syfy, that was never a serious conversation, sources told The Hollywood Reporter.
"We're leaving behind wild and passionate fans who believe in and were moved by what we tried to do," Cerone wrote. "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." 

The VFX-heavy series joins Grimm's previous Friday predecessors including Dracula and Crossbones in the canceled heap, marking a rare miss for DC. With the Constantine cancelation, NBC is the only broadcast network without a comic book property next season.
Read Cerone's full post here.

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