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After more than a decade, Francis Lawrence’s adaptation of Constantine is set to finally receive its long-awaited sequel with Keanu reprising his role.
What we know
According to Deadline, Akiva Goldsman will be writing the screenplay and producing the film with J.J. Abrams and Hannah Minghella of Bad Robot.
Lorenzo DiBonaventure and Erwin Stoff are also set to be executive producers for the Constantine sequel.
Meanwhile, actor Keanu Reeves has expressed his desire to return for a Constantine sequel for years.
He has shared his enthusiasm with a lot of outlets, saying he pitched for the movie to be made through the years.
In 2020, Peter Stormare also posted his optimism for a sequel on Instagram, saying a sequel was in the works.
However, Warner Bros. representatives did not address his post.
A Constantine series
Early into 2021, Variety reported that a Constantine reboot series was in the works at HBO Max with J.J. Abrams executive producing.
Variety later reported that the idea was scrapped, and may end up elsewhere instead as Warner Bros. Television and Bad Robot are reportedly “extremely high” on the project.
The series was in development under the title “Chimney,” with filming slated to start in 2023.
The project was in search of a British Black actor to breathe life into the Vertigo character with Sope Dirisu in talks to take the role.
Since the restructuring in HBO Max, the project was scrapped.
Reaction to the sequel
The HBO Max’s Constantine reboot cancellation happened in favor of the Keanu Reeves sequel.
When the news made waves last week, Sope Dirisu reacted to the announcement on Twitter.
“Give ‘em Hell, King,” he wrote, adding a fanart of an older Keanu Reeves as Constantine.
Despite many fans expressing enthusiasm for the project, others are not as excited.
Some shared their disappointment and confusion at the film’s development, saying the sequel arrived a little later than when the original movie came out.
Others questioned its initial mixed reception following the Batgirl movie’s cancellation.
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