'Constantine' Director Reveals Sequel Talks With KEANU REEVES
We reported last week that HBO Max is developing a new live-action Constantine project with director JJ Abrams at the helm.
Ahead of the movie's 15th anniversary celebration confirmed to be taking place at Comic-Con at Home, director Francis Lawrence revealed talks of actually doing a sequel with Keanu Reeves returning as the hell-blazing occult detective.
Speaking with Slash Film, Lawrence shared that they originally had plans of doing a sequel following the success of the 2005 film. "I think we all wanted to do it. It was successful enough." However, the idea didn't come into fruition.
He continued: "We wanted to make a responsible, more R-rated movie. 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. We worked on the sequel for a while. It was tricky to come up with where to take it. What I really liked about the first one was it was a really personal story, so I thought it’d be a mistake to get caught up in the supernatural gobbledygook. The idea of a personal story was really interesting, and that was the hard thing to come across."
He later revealed that he, Keanu, and producer Akiva Goldsman have recently revisited the idea of doing a sequel. "We have been talking about it recently. It’s always stuck with all of us because we all love the movie, and especially realizing there’s a real cult following for this movie, it’d be fun to make. Keanu, Akiva, and I have actually talked about it."