All signs point to the return of John Constantine.
Keanu Reeves will be back as the DC Comics supernatural character–as reported here in Horror News Network–and director Francis Lawrence and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman are working with the John Wick star to flesh out the perfect script for the sequel. J.J. Abrams and Hannah Minghella are producing under the Bad Robot banner.
Lawrence–during a recent interview with comicbook.com–admitted that a script has not yet been completed, “but Keanu, Akiva and I–who all worked together on the first one–have been trying over the years to get another one going”
As of now, all things are go for the sequel to the 2005 Constantine, but “it’s been tricky because of the DC/Vertigo world and who owns the character and has control over them,” Lawrence said. “We’ve got the right people now to go forward, and now we need the story. We’d all love to do it.”
The DC Comics Constantine character–created by Alan Moore, Stephen R. Bissette, Rick Veitch and John Totleben–debuted in Swamp Thing No. 37 back in 1985, and was awarded his own title three years later.
The character made his live-action debut (thanks to Reeves) in Constantine (2005), in which he was portrayed as an exorcist with the power to “perceive and communicate with half-angels and half-demons in their true forms, and to travel between Earth and Hell.”
Constantine got a lukewarm reception from critics, but still earned $231 million worldwide on a budget of between $70 million and $100 million.
Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on this Constantine sequel.