Francis Lawrence, the director of 2005 superhero film Constantine, has claimed that lead actor Keanu Reeves is keen on reprising his role as John Constantine.
The original film, which marked the feature-length directorial debut for Lawrence, is based on DC Comics’ Hellblazer comic book and starred the likes of Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, Tilda Swinton, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Djimon Hounsou, Gavin Rossdale and more.
“As a suicide survivor, demon hunter John Constantine has literally been to hell and back — and he knows that when he dies, he’s got a one-way ticket to Satan’s realm unless he can earn enough goodwill to climb God’s stairway to heaven,” the official film synopsis reads. “While helping policewoman Angela Dodson (Rachel Weisz) investigate her identical twin’s apparent suicide, Constantine becomes caught up in a supernatural plot involving both demonic and angelic forces.”
The high-profile project, which also saw both Kevin Brodbin and Frank Cappello work on the screenplay, arrived as a major commercial success when it took $230.9 million at the worldwide box office.
Given the triumph of the first effort, discussions and speculation of a follow up has been circulating for years. After first mentioning proposed sequel plans in 2011, Lawrence has now claimed that Reeves has insisted his desire to get back into the Constantine world.
“We have been talking about it recently,” Lawrence told Slash Film. “It’s always stuck with all of us because we all love the movie, and especially realising there’s a real cult following for this movie, it’d be fun to make. Keanu, Akiva, and I have actually talked about it.”
“We all investigated it, but I think it’s kind of crazy when you have Keanu, who would love to do another Constantine, and us wanting to do another Constantine, and people are like, ‘Uh, no, we got other plans’. We’ll see what happens,” he added.