Keanu Reeves still wants to make a 'Constantine' sequel

Gregory Wakeman
·Contributor
Keanu Reeves is just as eager to play John Constantine again (Image by Warner Bros)
Keanu Reeves is just as eager to play John Constantine again (Image by Warner Bros)

When Constantine was released all the way back in 2005, audiences and critics failed to be impressed by the comic-book adaptation. 

Not only did it gross just £183.7 million ($230,9 million), after costing around £87.50 million ($100 million) to make, but it only has a score of 46% on Rotten Tomatoes, too. 

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But over the years the film has amassed a cult following. There have even been various rumours that a follow-up to the detective movie could still happen, with Keanu Reeves still linked to returning in the titular role as John Constantine. 

Director Francis Lawrence was recently asked abut a Constantine sequel by Slash Film, and The Hunger Games and Red Sparrow director admitted that he has already held talks with Reeves about a follow-up film. 

ITALY - FEBRUARY 10: The 40-year-old actor plays a demon-fighting supernatural detective."Based on the DC/Vertigo comic book "Hellblazer," "Constantine" is the feature-film directorial debut of Francis Lawrence, who previously directed videos for artists like Britney Spears , Will Smith, and Aerosmith. Left: director Francis Lawrence in Rome, Italy on February 10th, 2005 (Photo by Eric VANDEVILLE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
ITALY - FEBRUARY 10: The 40-year-old actor plays a demon-fighting supernatural detective."Based on the DC/Vertigo comic book "Hellblazer," "Constantine" is the feature-film directorial debut of Francis Lawrence, who previously directed videos for artists like Britney Spears , Will Smith, and Aerosmith. Left: director Francis Lawrence in Rome, Italy on February 10th, 2005 (Photo by Eric VANDEVILLE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

“We have been talking about it recently,” admitted Lawrence. “It’s always stuck with all of us because we all love the movie, and especially realizing there’s a real cult following for this movie, it’d be fun to make. Keanu, Akiva, and I have actually talked about it.”

But despite Lawrence’s conversations with Reeves and producer Akiva Goldsman, he admits that Constantine has now become tied up in a legal dispute, which means it’s hard to see how a sequel could be put into development anytime soon.

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“Unfortunately, I don’t even remember who has it, but with all these shared universes that exist now, with Constantine being a part of Vertigo, which is a part of DC, people have plans for these shared universes. You know, possibly different Constantines and things like that. Right now, we don’t have that character available to us for TV or movies, which is a bummer.

Fortunately there are quite a few exciting Reeves movies on the horizon, as he’ll next be seen in Bill & Ted Face The Music, while he’s currently shooting The Matrix 4, and John Wick: Chapter 4 has already been confirmed, too.