David Goyer is a guy who knows his niche, and he’s following up NBC’s Constantine with another dark series based on Peter Straub’s Shadowland novel.
Goyer (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight) is developing and producing the NBC project, which is one of those ever-popular limited “event series” with a shortened episode order. The acclaimed 1980 horror fantasy novel focused on two young boys who spend their summer with an uncle who is an accomplished magician and just might be a sorcerer. The novel is good, and was a World Fantasy Award nominee.
Since Goyer is also keeping busy with the upcoming Batman v Superman, Deadline reports he will co-write the adaptation with BAFTA-winning writer Jack Thorne. Thorne is currently scripting the long-gestating graphic novel adaptation The Sandman, so it seems everyone is sticking close to the genre.
Though he’s been cranking out huge films the past decade, Goyer’s track record on the small screen is a bit more checkered. We’re hopeful Constantine will be a hit, but the only active series Goyer currently has in production is the modest cable success Da Vinci’s Demons. The rest? Blade: The Series, FlashForward, Freakylinks, Threshold, etc. were all canned in just one season.
Do you think Shadowland will make a good transition to television?