After a lengthy bit of silence, it has been confirmed that the Keanu Reeves Constantine sequel is still in the works.
Announced in 2022, there have been some fears over whether or not the long-awaited Constantine 2 would still happen. Not long after it was announced, a new DC Universe slate was announced, and there was no mention of the film. It was then clarified shortly after that the film was still in the works, but then another round of silence happened. This was followed by one more scare when it was stated the sequel was being ‘re-evaluated.’
Francis Lawrence, the director of the original film, recently spoke with GameSpot and clarified things. “So Constantine 2 got obviously held up by the writers strike,” said Lawrence. “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.”
“Keanu and Akiva Goldsman and I have been in meetings and have been hashing out what we think the story is going to be, and there’s more meetings of those that have to happen. The script has to be written. [But we’re] really hoping that we get to do Constantine 2, and make a real rated-R version of it.”
There are still a lot of hurdles to clear, but it’s always nice to hear anything that doesn’t just say the project is dead.
Akiva Goldsman has been tapped to pen the screenplay and produce through his Weed Road Pictures. Bad Robot’s J.J. Abrams and Hannah Minghella are also set as producers. Lorenzo DiBonaventura and Erwin Stoff are set as executive producers. Francis Lawrence will return to direct.
Warner Bros Pictures Group co-chairs Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy are said to have spearheaded the deal.