Constantine Director Shared His One Regret About $230M Keanu Reeves Movie That Now Has a Cult-Following

Constantine Director Shared His One Regret About $230M Keanu Reeves Movie That Now Has a Cult-Following
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For years, Constantine fans have been demanding a sequel to the popular Keanu Reeves-led superhero horror film that premiered in 2005. The movie received mixed reviews from audiences but made a decent profit at the box office after garnering over $230 million worldwide against a production budget of $100 million.

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Keanu Reeves as John Constantine

Several times in the past, there had been reports of trying to revive the film and numerous attempts of bringing back Reeves to the franchise. Whether it was his hectic schedule or the lack of script to blame, all efforts seemed to have been in vain.

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Francis Lawrence Wants To Make Hard-R Constantine Sequel

With Keanu Reeves’ thriving career in the John Wick franchise, fans have sought another way to demand the long-overdue sequel to Constantine. Francis Lawrence, director of the film, confessed his regret of not working on the second movie early on. He also revealed his surprise at how well-received it was (via Splash Page):

It’s interesting that over the years, ‘Constantine’ seems like it’s become… like it has this sort of cult following, which has been great. It’s been embraced.”

Lawrence, who also helmed Will Smith’s I Am Legend, admitted wanting to make the sequel, though it has to be more terrifying and gruesome than the first one:

It would be great to figure out a sequel, and if we did, and we’ve been trying to figure one out, it would be great to do the really dark, scary [version]. 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.”

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Keanu Reeves as John Constantine

The idea of a Constantine sequel seems quite elusive over the years. Fans know the frustration when they hear a rumor that a second film is going to happen, and the next day, it will be debunked. In other instances, words would claim a new reboot with a fresh face, and another report would say it will be morphed into a TV series.

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But, one thing’s for sure: Keanu Reeves would love to reprise his role as John Constantine. The actor has repeatedly expressed interest in playing the supernatural detective.

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Akiva Goldsman Reveals Constantine 2 Script Is Now In Progress

Fans will rejoice now that producer Akiva Goldsman finally announced he is working on the much-awaited Constantine sequel. As per Deadline, he announced that both Reeves and Lawrence would join the franchise once again:

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We’re doing it with JJ Abrams, and Francis and Keanu and I have been pretty deep in the story breaking stage. This is a credit to Keanu, who endlessly has said, ‘This is the character I want to return to.’ Finally, he said it enough times that it stuck.”

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Keanu Reeves as John Constantine

Goldsman is still pretty much busy working on the script, though he shared bits of details about the upcoming film:

The character is very much Keanu and the way he and Francis saw the world of good and evil, and the wonderful and authentic noir where there is a world behind the world of good and evil coexist with our world right up close. Beyond that, we are still discovering it as I am writing the script.”

While the sequel seems a bit too far away at this point, fans would only have to wait for further updates and stay tuned for more information.

Constantine is available on Max, Prime Video, and AppleTV.

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Sources: Splash Page, Deadline

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Written by Ariane Cruz

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Ariane Cruz, Senior Content Writer. She has been contributing articles for FandomWire since 2021, mostly covering stories about geek pop culture. With a degree in Communication Arts, she has an in-depth knowledge of print and broadcast journalism. Her other works can also be seen on Screen Rant and CBR.