Ahead of the October 24 debut of NBC’s Constantine, the comic book adaptation’s co-developer/executive producer David S. Goyer has set up another genre project at the network, an event series based on the 1980 dark fantasy novel Shadowland by Peter Straub. The book, a World Fantasy Award nominee, centers on two young boys, Tom Flanagan and Del Nightingale. They spend a summer with Del’s uncle Coleman, one of the foremost magicians in the world, who may actually be a sorcerer.
Goyer will co-write the adaptation with BAFTA-winning British writer Jack Thorne who is currently adapting The Sandman graphic novel as a feature for producer Goyer and Warner Bros. Straub’s son, Benjamin Straub will serve as co-producer on the project. Universal TV, where Goyer is under a first-look deal, will produce.
Constantine, which Goyer developed with Daniel Cerone and executive produces, has received an order for three additional scripts by NBC ahead of the series’ premiere. Goyer is the creator/executive producer of Starz’s Da Vinci’s Demons, which he also ran for the first two seasons. On the feature side, he has Batman v Superman coming up, and his next directing effort with be The Breach for Lionsgate, which Goyer developed independently under his Phantom 4 Films banner along with Lorenzo di Bonaventura.
Goyer is repped by WME and Bloom Hergott; Peter and Benjamin Straub are repped by attorney Elaine Rogers.