Coming to us via Bleeding Cool, John Constantine co-creator Stephen Bissette posted a Facebook message letting people know whether or not the creators of John Constantine would see any money for the recently announced television series. The answer is a qualified no, as the option for the TV show is apparently part of the option for the Keanu Reeves movie that stunk up theaters a few years ago. Of course, one of the creators is Alan Moore, so he would probably refuse the money and shoot magickal snot rockets at the FedEx guy who tried to deliver the check anyway. Here's what Bissette had to say:
Notice to All:
As of this morning, it appears there will be NO payment to the Constantine creators for this series.
This option apparently rolled out of the already-paid-for option for the CONSTANTINE movie in the 1990s.
What?! Why, that's outrageous! Sound the alarms AOOOOOOGAH! AOOOOOOOGAH! Reset the count...
What's that? There's more?
Thus, we'll only see $$ waaaay down the road, it appears, IF this series makes it to being a series. If it makes money. If it trickles down.
Will update you if/as we learn more.
But we will see $$ from any comics/graphic novels sold from the spillover of interest, FYI.
Hollywood accounting: gotta love it.
Oh. So this is Hollywood standard practice. Not so much a specific major corporation making millions of dollars in perpetuity on the work of creative individuals who often die in poverty, but actually the general practice of capitalism gone wild in a world where corporations have the rights of people and copyright lasts forever.
Well, nothing to see here folks. Just business as usual in Hollywood. Move along now.
Video: Creator Stephen Bissete explains how he and his friends created John Constantine.