Inside you’ll find tons of talk from Constantine producer Lauren Shuler Donner about Keanu Reeves roll in the film and more! The film, which is based on the comic book Hellblazer, is set for release on September 17th, 2004. Read on for the story.
First, in our very own Chicago Sun-Times, producer Lauren Shuler Donner talked about what to expect from Keanu Reeves in his next flick, Constantine, “The star of this weekend’s revolutionary No. 1 hit, “The Matrix Revolutions,” isn’t out partying, but busy on the set of his 2004 film “Constantine.”
“Basically, Keanu sends demons to hell in this one,” says producer Lauren Shuler Donner. “The twist is that he goes there too to make sure the job is done.”
She says filming is about a third of the way through on the Los Angeles set. “Tilda Swinton is coming out this week to do her role, plus there is a lot of creature stuff left to do,” the producer divulges.”
Donner also talked with Sci-Fi Wire about the project, “Lauren Shuler Donner, who is producing the upcoming comic-book film adaptation Constantine, told SCI FI Wire that the movie is based on the DC Comics Hellblazer series, but won’t be an origin story. “It’s not an origin story of the character,” played by Keanu Reeves, Donner said in an interview while promoting her next movie, Timeline. “It’s ‘Dangerous Habits,’ if you know the Hellblazer [series].”
“Dangerous Habits,” the 1994 graphic novel by Irish writer Garth Ennis, focuses on John Constantine, a magician faced with death from lung cancer, who finds himself straddling the line between life and death, heaven and hell. “We’re filming,” Donner said. “We’re about a third into it. It’s come along great. And it’ll be out next year, probably, well, at the moment, September.”
Donner added, “We’re shooting in L.A. A lot at Warner Brothers. A lot downtown. Two weeks we’re in Long Beach. And we’re trying to stay as true to the comic as we can, though it’s an obscure comic. Not many people know Hellblazer. And it’s coming along well. We have a new director named Francis Lawrence, who’s just doing a great job. We’re very lucky, because he understands actors and understands the importance of telling a story, and not just the visuals. And yet it’s going to be very stylish.”