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Constantine sequel a possibility?

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Remember when Satan asked him if he wanted an extension? Apparently the answer was yes ...

Constantine sequel a possibility?

On a press junket for Water for Elephants, (the Carnivale of new releases), director Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) said that he would be interested in doing a sequel to his 2005 movie Constantine starring Keanu Reeves.

Constantine was the film interpretation of the fabulously successful Hellblazer comic book series. Hellblazer is Vertigo's longest-running comic book series and the only comic still in print from Vertigo's launch in 1988; so if they go back to the comics for source material they should be able to find something good in 20+ years of writing. Obviously, Hellblazer has lots of fans in the comic book world. The movie? Not so much. Some fans were disappointed in Keanu Reeves' portrayal of John Constantine, citing alternatively wooden acting, not a blonde, not a Brit; etc.

However, in an interview with MTV, Francis Lawrence said that he is pleased that in the six years since its release, the film has gained what he considers to be "a cult following." Lawrence felt the difficulty with the original movie was that they toned the film down for the PG-13 rating. "We got caught in that weird PG-13 - R no man's land, and we should do the hard-R scary version, which I would love to do."

Talk of a Constantine sequel has been in the works for years now - five years, in fact. Back in 2006 Lauren Shuler Donner, who produced the first movie, told IESB.com, "We have been working with a team of writers ... it will be a hard 'R' and Keanu will be in it. It will be a different director but Francis (Lawrence) will produce it; we will maintain his vision." But then, in 2008, Keanu Reeves stated in an interview that he was no longer interested in doing a sequel. (In fact, he went on to say that there were no characters that he wanted to return to ... but this was several years before Bill and Ted 3 was scripted!)

Finally, in June of last year, at the 2010 Saturn Awards, Lauren Shuler Donner said that while they had encountered some difficulties with the sequel, they had recently heard a new take that showed promise. That, combined with Lawrence's interview, has those fans of the original (or of the comic) excited again. Hopefully this is the hard-R version Lawrence talked about! Now if they can just find a charming, blonde Brit for the lead role (and Shadowlocked's own Caleb Leland has previously suggested the awesome James Marsters, aka Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer), it will be all systems go!

See also:

Five comics that deserve a movie

Top 10 most mishandled comic book characters in film


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