Keanu Reeves Constantine Movie Gets Sequel Almost 20 Years Later
In another interesting move by Warner Bros., they've greenlit a sequel to the Keanu Reeves Constantine movie.
It's been a strange few months for Warner Bros. since the merger with Discovery took place. The company has rearranged its superhero movie block, shelved movies outright, and now has greenlit a sequel to the 2005 Constantine movie starring Keanu Reeves 17 years later.
Deadline is reporting that the studio is developing a sequel to the supernatural superhero thriller and putting the band together again with star Reeves and director Francis Lawrence, who made his directorial debut with the original. Lawrence went on to direct three of the four original Hunger Games movies and will take on the prequel movie next year.
Oscar winner and Batman movie alum Akiva Goldsman will write the screenplay and produce the project (he was one of the producers of the original as well) 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.
Since Reeves' movie, John has been played by Matt Ryan who was introduced in 2014 in his own solo television series and would eventually crossover with the CW's The Flash. He's also provided the voice of Constantine through several DC animated movies as well as the Harley Quinn show on HBO Max.
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