Since it was announced that Keanu Reeves would star in Warner Bros. Constantine (review #1, #2), comic fans were out to lynch him. Sure he looked and acted nothing like John Constantine in the Hellblazer comic, but man that movie was a f-ckin hoot, either way maybe it’s in his best interest to move on and make way for a more suitable Constantine (if a sequel even happens!). Read on for two pices of opposite news…Sci Fi Wire reports:
“Keanu Reeves told SCI FI Wire that if there’s going to be a sequel to his supernatural movie Constantine, they’ll have to raise hell without him.
“Not with me,” Reeves said flatly when asked about a sequel to the movie about reluctant demon-fighter John Constantine during an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Reeves said that he liked the character and thought it was a well-rounded part, but that the film version of the Hellblazer series from DC/Vertigo comics wasn’t enough of a moneymaker to warrant a sequel. The movie made $75 million domestically and more than double that overseas, but cost Warner Brothers about $100 million to make.
Is there any hope for Constantine 2? “No,” Reeves said. “We didn’t quite make it.”
Two of Reeves’ Constantine co-stars are in Toronto during the festival: Shia LaBeouf, who played his sidekick Chas, and Tilda Swinton, who played the angel Gabriel. Swinton is again co-starring with Reeves in the upcoming independent film Thumbsucker, in which Reeves plays a spiritualistic orthodontist.
Meanwhile, Reeves said that he is excited about two other genre projects he has coming up. “I did a movie with Richard Linklater called A Scanner Darkly, which is a Philip K. Dick adaptation,” Reeves said. “I did a film called [Il] Mare with Alejandro Agresti, which is a romance with Sandra Bullock.”
While at the same time Comingsoon reports:
“And what about a sequel to Constantine? Producers Michael Uslan and Lorenzo DiBonaventura both have told ComingSoon.net/SuperheroHype.com that they’d love to do one, but what about Keanu? “I would do that in a second,” he told us before saying how much he liked the storyline from the first movie. But he wasn’t so sure about a sequel happening.”They’re producers, so they have to be optimistic. It’s not up to me, man. It’s up to whomever wants to provide the resources to make that movie. I don’t think Warner Bros. is going to do it. I don’t think it makes fiscal sense for them, because they don’t feel it will make money.”
Very interesting that there’s two stories that tell different stories…