I’m pretty sure my balls shriveled up inside my body while talking to legendary producer Lauren Shuler Donner, who received the Producer’s Showcase Award at Thursday night’s Saturn Awards. I approached her in the press room backstage with just had one question on my mind – ‘will Constantine 2 ever move forward?’ – and she…kinda answered me. Put a cup on and peruse on inside.
“I hope [it happens]. I want to,” she said. “We tried it, we always got there, and then we had a few bumps in the road. Keanu was involved with us, everybody was. We just had a few bumps in the road.”
The project isn’t dead in the water yet, though: “We’re gonna try again…we heard a good take,” she told me before brushing me aside, presumably on her way to enjoying a blood-soaked, extra-rare steak dinner at some swanky Beverly Hills establishment. At least, that’s what I envisioned in my own head.
The 2005 Francis Lawrence directed film was an adaptation of the DC/Vertigo comic book “Hellblazer”. It told the story of irreverent supernatural detective John Constantine (Reeves), who has literally been to hell and back. When Constantine teams up with skeptical policewoman Angela Dodson (Rachel Weisz) to solve the mysterious suicide of her twin sister (also played by Weisz), their investigation takes them through the world of demons and angels that exists just beneath the landscape of contemporary Los Angeles. Caught in a catastrophic series of otherworldy events, the two become inextricably involved and seek to find their own peace at whatever cost.