Some welcome Constantine 2 news arrives via director Francis Lawrence – just don’t expect the sequel to be appearing anytime soon.
A sequel to 2005’s Constantine has been a talking point for many years now, although over time that chatter has gradually coalesced into something firmer. We know the key creatives involved are all pushing for the project to happen, and thanks to an update from the first film’s director, Francis Lawrence, things have moved closer to fruition with the remaining rights issues having now been sorted.
“So Constantine 2 got obviously held up by the writer’s strike,” explained Lawrence to Gamespot, “and we had to jump through a bunch of hurdles to get control of the character again, because other people had control of the Vertigo stuff. We have control.”
There’s some positive news then, with rights issues having been one of the key hold-ups over the past few years, preventing Lawrence, writer Akiva Goldsman and star, Keanu Reeves from moving the project forwards.
Lawrence has The Hunger Games prequel movie The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes releasing in November. After that, we’d imagine he’ll be pushing for a Constantine sequel to happen, although it needs to be written first, he also revealed.
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“Keanu and Akiva Goldsman and I have been in meetings and have been hashing out what we think the story is going to be,” added Lawrence, “and there’s more meetings of those that have to happen – the script has to be written – but really hoping that we get to do Constantine 2, and make a real rated R version of it.”
An R-rated take is certainly what fans would like to see, which likely means that the DC Comics character won’t feature as part of Warner Bros’ DC Universe. Let’s hope we see some movement on this one soon, although with the actors’ strike hopefully drawing to an end, we imagine Mr Keanu Reeves is going to be pretty busy for the next couple of years.
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