MOVIE SEQUEL: CONSTANTINE 2 IN PROGRESS!
July 17. 2023.
Here’s everything we know about Constantine 2, Keanu Reeves’ return as the DC exorcist.
Reeves first made his debut as John Constantine in 2005. While considered to be a financial success, it was met with mixed reviews, with some comic book readers criticizing the many changes made to the character.
However, in the decade-and-a-half since, the Keanussaince has won the world over. Whether it’s John Wick, The Matrix Resurrections, Bill & Ted Face The Music, or Toy Story 4, he’s one of the most beloved actors working today.
Constantine has also developed somewhat of a cult following, paving the way for a sequel – so, here’s what we know about Keanu Reeves’ Constantine 2 so far.
Constantine 2 doesn’t have an official release date at the time of writing – however, it’s safe to assume we won’t see it until 2024 at the earliest, if not 2025.
While a sequel has been discussed for years, it was officially announced by Deadline in September. Francis Lawrence is returning to direct, with Avika Goldsman writing the screenplay.
Said Goldsman, he hopes to begin writing said screenplay once the WGA Strike is over, which could be a while: “My pens are down, so there’s nothing to do. But, yeah, those are the next things I’m writing when I’m allowed to write again,” he explained in a recent chat with The Playlist. “And Frances [Lawrence], Keanu [Reeves], and I have broken Constantine 2. I just haven’t started typing yet.”
The project is also being produced via Goldsman’s Weed Road Pictures alongside Bad Robot’s JJ Abrams and Hannah Minghella.
Lawrence is busy at work on The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, a prequel to The Hunger Games, but it’s expected development will ramp up once post-production wraps up.
Keanu Reeves is returning to star in Constantine 2, but other cast members haven’t been confirmed at the time of writing.
In an interview with Variety in 2019, he said: ‘I’ve always wanted to play John Constantine again. I just love that world, too, and I love that character. I just had a blast playing a character and in that world.’
The original movie had an all-star cast, including Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, Tilda Swinton, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Djimon Hounsou, Gavin Rossdale, and Peter Stormare. The latter actor hinted he’d also return in 2020, when he posted a photo of himself as Lucifer on Instagram with the caption: “Sequel In The Works.”
Speaking to Collider, Lawrence explained how Reeves’ keenness to revisit the character was pivotal in Warner Bros. giving the sequel the green light.
Citing an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, he said: “[Reeves] was asked what character he’d love to play again, and he said John Constantine, and the crowd went nuts. People finally saw that and went, ‘Oh, wait, maybe you guys can go and make the Constantine sequel.’
“So it was sort of a variety of factors. It’s something that we’ve been talking about since we made Constantine because we all loved it. So we’ve been talking about it, talking about it, talking about it. All the DC [properties], because Vertigo is part of DC, that sort of like the control of those properties got complicated with Warner Bros. with DC, with JJ [Abrams]’s deal, you know, all those kinds of things. There’s a lot of complicating factors. So it was never Akiva, and Keanu, and I happen to be sort of convinced to do it. It was really trying to figure out how we can get some sort of control over the Constantine character again.”