Neil Marshall

Oct. 23, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.

‘Constantine': Neil Marshall talks Hellblazer, horror, future movie plans

Neil Marshall, left, and Matt Ryan. (Courtesy Neil Marshall; NBC)
Is director Neil Marshall pleased to see John Constantine reborn for the small screen, personal demons and English accent intact? In a word, yes. “I’m very happy that it’s gone back to its roots, having a British guy with the blond hair and a few nasty habits. That’s how it should be,” Marshall said recently over coffee in a downtown Los Angeles eatery. It’s true that the supernatural investigator played by Matt Ryan on NBC’s new series “Constantine” bears a much stronger resemblance to the paranormal detective of the “Hellblazer” comics than did Keanu Reeves in the 2005 big-screen horror adventure of the same name. Perhaps a bit of credit for that transformation goes to Marshall, who directed the pilot for the show, created by executive producers Daniel Cerone (“Dexter”) and David S. Goyer (“The Dark Knight” film trilogy). But […]
Oct. 22, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.

‘Constantine': 41 images from NBC’s fiery new supernatural thriller

Director Neil Marshall has some encouraging news for fans of the character John Constantine, who will be at the center of his own new NBC series once “Constantine” premieres Friday. ” ‘Constantine’ doesn’t feel necessarily like a comic book adaptation — I know it is — but we’re playing it for scares,” said Marshall, who was behind the camera for the pilot episode. “We’re playing it nice and dark.” Created by executive producers Daniel Cerone (“Dexter”) and David S. Goyer (“The Dark Knight” film trilogy), “Constantine” is based on DC Comics’ antihero, a chain-smoking con man and occult detective from Liverpool, known for his cynicism and foul-mouthed snark. Constantine served as the lead character in the “Hellblazer” series, though he made his comics debut in a 1985 issue of “Swamp Thing.” More recently, he’s the star of his own New […]
June 08, 2014 | 11:00 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones': Neil Marshall details ‘Watchers on the Wall’ strategy

A scene from "The Watchers on the Wall," the ninth episode of Season 4 of HBO's "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan/HBO)
It’s an interesting niche Neil Marshall has carved out for himself in the cutthroat world of HBO’s lavish fantasy, “Game of Thrones.” “I seem to be the go-to guy for battles and extreme carnage and special effects,” said Marshall, who stepped behind the camera for Sunday’s epic installment, “The Watchers on the Wall,” and who previously helmed Season 2’s equally spectacular “Blackwater.” “You’re kept on your toes trying to come up with new ways to kill people.” The director, whose feature film credits include the horror films “Dog Soldiers” and “The Descent” and the wild futuristic adventure “Doomsday,” certainly appears to have found his calling. In “The Watchers on the Wall,” the crushing Wilding attack that Jon Snow (Kit Harington) has been predicting for much of the show’s fourth season finally arrives, and the brothers of the Night’s Watch are […]
May 13, 2014 | 3:49 p.m.

‘Constantine': Matt Ryan confronts his demons in trailer for NBC show

The first trailer for NBC’s pilot “Constantine” has arrived, offering a sneak peak into Matt Ryan’s portrayal of the beloved antihero. The show is based on the DC Comics character John Constantine, a chain-smoking con man and occult detective from Liverpool, England, known for his cynicism and foul-mouthed snark. Constantine, who served as the lead character in the “Hellblazer” series, made his comics debut in a 1985 issue of “Swamp Thing.” More recently, he’s the star of his own New 52 title, “Constantine,” and a major player in “Justice League Dark.” Judging from the new trailer, the NBC series, created by executive producers Daniel Cerone (“Dexter”) and David S. Goyer (“The Dark Knight” film trilogy), appears more faithful to Constantine’s cynical, disaffected origins than 2005’s feature film “Constantine,” starring Keanu Reeves as the reluctant paranormal investigator. The “Constantine” pilot was […]
March 13, 2014 | 11:56 a.m.

‘Constantine’ first look: Matt Ryan looks the part for NBC pilot

Matt Ryan in character as John Constantine, the DC Comics character that serves as the inspiration for the NBC pilot "Constantine." (Warner Bros. Television)
The first official image for the upcoming NBC pilot “Constantine” is out, offering a glimpse of British actor Matt Ryan donning the DC character’s trademark trenchcoat. The show is based on DC Comics’ antihero John Constantine, a chain-smoking con man and occult detective from Liverpool, known for his cynicism and foul-mouthed snark. Constantine, who served as the lead character in the “Hellblazer” series, made his comics debut in a 1985 issue of “Swamp Thing.” More recently, he’s the star of his own New 52 title, “Constantine” and a major player in “Justice League Dark.” The NBC and Warner Bros. Television pilot comes from executive producers Daniel Cerone (“Dexter”) and David S. Goyer (“The Dark Knight” film trilogy) and director Neil Marshall (“Game of Thrones”). “I’ve been a fan of John Constantine since he was first introduced in 1985,” Goyer said […]
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