Keanu Reeves Returning For Constantine Sequel From Warner Bros.

Keanu Reeves Returning For Constantine Sequel From Warner Bros.

Published September 17, 2022
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A sequel to the 2005 movie Constantine has been announced by Warner Bros., with Keanu Reeves set to reprise his role as the DC character.

After 17 years of anticipation and fan requests, the 2005 film Constantine, which featured Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, and Tilda Swinton, is finally getting a sequel by way of Warner Bros. Pictures in conjunction with Weed Road Pictures.

Constantine tells the story of John Constantine, a prolific confidence trickster, exorcist, and magician plagued by both figurative and literal demons. In the 2005 film, he races against his impending death, trying to save his soul from damnation by stopping demons from crossing over to earth and meddling in supernatural battles. The movie was based on the comic book character John Constantine from DC comics, which released his 300-issue solo series Hellblazer through its Vertigo imprint from 1988 to 2013, switching to the main DC imprint after that.

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Much to the delight of fans of the original movie, Deadline reports that the sequel has been confirmed for production by Warner Bros. Pictures Group, with co-Chairs Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy overseeing the deal. This new project will bring back beloved star of the Matrix franchise and household name Reeves to reprise his lead role as the titular con-man, as well as Francis Lawrence, who made his directorial debut on the 2005 project. The first movie grossed $200 million worldwide in box office earnings and Constantine is considered an underrated gem by many.

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Other behind-the-scenes names that have been confirmed for the supernatural thriller include Titans co-developer Akiva Goldsman of Weed Road Pictures, who will write the screenplay and serve as the producer alongside accomplished filmmaker J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot head of motion pictures Hannah Minghella. The project has also been ascribed co-executive producers in the persons of Lorenzo DiBonaventura and Erwin Stoff. While no other actors on the project have been announced, there’s no worry as to whether they’ll be in good hands on the set.

A sequel has been in demand for over a decade, with Reeves indicating interest in returning as Constantine. With the monumental success of the John Wick franchise adding to his already impressive list of projects, which includes the Matrix and Bill and Ted franchises, Reeves is certainly a box office draw and a confidence-inspiring choice for the lead.

It is worth noting that the role was recast for the 13-episode NBC series of the same name that began in October of 2014 with Matt Ryan in the main role. Ryan’s performance was well received, with some even making a case for him being the better John Constantine. While Reeves, who is represented by WME, Sugar23, and Ziffren Brittenham, certainly deserves to reprise the role and Ryan was met with overwhelming approval, others who might have been up for consideration were not so fortunate, with some fans going so far as to send hateful messages to his rumored replacement Sope Dirisu earlier this year.

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The Constantine sequel project does not yet have an official release date.

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Source: Deadline

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