Keanu Reeves' Constantine 2 Hasn't Been Scrapped Amid The DC Shakeup
After nearly 20 years of waiting, it's time to start breathing easier about the long-awaited sequel.
Despite recent turbulence in DC's slate that saw many high-profile projects either scrapped, shelved, or rethought, an unnamed Warner Bros. spokesperson has confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that the recently announced Constantine sequel is still coming.
In September last year it was announced that, 17 years after the 2005 movie starring Keanu Reeves, a follow-up reteaming him with director Francis Lawrence was on the way. Lawrence went on to direct three of the four original Hunger Games movies and will take on the prequel movie next year.
As first announced, Oscar winner and Batman movie alum Akiva Goldsman--a producer on the original Constantine--will write the screenplay and produce the project through his Weed Road Pictures, alongside J.J. Abrams and Hannah Minghella from Bad Robot. It's interesting to note that Abrams was developing a Hellblazer television show for HBO Max, but that project also seems to be shelved, for now at least.
When Constantine opened 17 years ago, the character of John Constantine was one of the lesser-known members of DC's pantheon but had the longest-running Vertigo Comics series at the time. It grossed over $230 million worldwide against a modest $85 million budget, compared to another 2005 comic book movie Batman Begins, which had a $150 million budget. Though it's not exactly a proper Hellblazer adaptation, fans eventually came around to the movie and have been clamoring for a sequel for a long time.
Lawrence has been on record saying that he wants the Constantine sequel to be rated R, saying that one of his regrets about the original was that it was PG-13.
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