Keanu Reeves begged Warner Bros. ‘Every Year’ for a ‘Constantine’ sequel
“I said, ‘Can I have another drink?’ Reeves said in his best Oliver Twist impression.
Keanu Reeves did his best Oliver Twist impression to convince Warner Bros. to make a “Constantine” sequel.
The actor revealed (complete with an Oliver Twist accent) that he asked: “Can I have one more?” to Warner Bros. every year since “Constantine” was released in 2005.
“I don’t know if it’s unfinished business, but I definitely loved the role and I thought Francis Lawrence, the director, did such an amazing job. I loved playing this character and I really enjoyed the movie,” Reeves told Total Film (via MovieWeb). “I said, (Twist adopts Oliver’s voice) ‘Can I have one more?’ … I asked almost every year. I would say, “Please?” (and) they would say, “No, no!”
As for the sequel confirmed for September 2022, Reeves said: “It’s exciting. It’s almost like an open playground where we can hopefully cook something and play in it, and I think you have to go outside the playground and make a meal, but I’m really looking forward to it and hopefully it can happen. You don’t know how these things go. But I will definitely do my best to make this dream come true.”
Director Lawrence returns to helm the film with a script by Akiva Goldsman. JJ Abrams will also executive produce through his Bad Robot banner.
Lawrence admitted that it would take “convincing” to revisit the property, but signed on after it became clear that Reeves and screenwriter Goldsman could have “reign” over the character. Lawrence said The packaging that the sequel will also have a hard R rating, “which I think people always wanted originally,” he added.
“We finally got the go-ahead to go ahead with our version of Constantine, because people are always rescuing him to be part of some shared universe or something on TV or whatever,” Lawrence said, citing “the craziness with DC.” ” amid the new appointment of leads Peter Safran and James Gunn. “And now I think people are realizing that they really have an appetite for another version of Keanu Constantine.”
The original “Constantine” stars Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, Tilda Swinton, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Djimon Hounsou and Gavin Rossdale. Additional casting for the sequel has yet to be announced; it is not clear if other actors will take over their respective roles.
In addition to “Constantine,” Reeves will be directed by Jonah Hill in “Outcome,” which Hill also wrote with Ezra Woods.
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