Keanu Reeves Still Wants To Make Constantine 2, And So Does The First Film's Director
Director Francis Lawrence would love to do a follow-up movie, although the rights to the character are complicated right now.
Since its 2005 debut to mixed reviews, Constantine, which cast Keanu Reeves as a demon hunter on a holy mission, has gained a cult following. The movie turned a small profit worldwide on a $100 million budget, and never got a follow-up. But the film's director, Francis Lawrence, says that he'd still be keen--and so would Reeves.
Speaking to Slashfilm, Lawrence says that the whole team wanted to do a sequel, but it would have had to make some changes. "We wanted to make a responsible, more R-rated movie," he says. "By responsible, I mean we’d make a movie that wouldn’t cost quite as much as the original, which we thought was going to be PG-13."
Lawrence says that they worked on a sequel for a while, and says that the team has talked about it again recently. "Keanu, (producer Akiva Goldsman), and I have actually talked about it," he says, clarifying that they talked "recently" about a sequel. But it's complicated, as Constantine is a comic license that there might be other plans for.
"I don’t even remember who has it, but with all these shared universes that exist now, with Constantine being a part of Vertigo, which is a part of DC, people have plans for these shared universes," he says. "You know, possibly different Constantines and things like that. Right now, we don’t have that character available to us for TV or movies, which is a bummer."
"I think it’s kind of crazy when you have Keanu, who would love to do another Constantine, and us wanting to do another Constantine, and people are like, 'Uh, no, we got other plans,'" Lawrence adds.
Lawrence has gone on to work with actor Jennifer Lawrence (no relation) multiple times, directing the last three Hunger Games movies, as well as Red Sparrow and a Dior ad. He also directed another cult classic for an iconic actor in 2007's I Am Legend, starring Will Smith.
Keanu Reeves' career has gone through a resurgence lately, partly because of excellent performances in the John Wick trilogy and amazing, self-aware cameos in Always Be My Maybe and Toy Story 4, and partly because of his reputation as the nicest guy in Hollywood. He's also going to be all over Cyberpunk 2077.
Constantine got a game adaptation to Xbox and PS2--check out our original review if you're interested.
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