Keanu Reeves Destroys All Hope of a Constantine Sequel
After spilling some details about his upcoming film The Day the Earth Stood Still, Keanu Reeves went on to talk about how he wouldn't be doing any sequels for a quite a while. IESB caught up with Reeves while he was out promoting Street Kings and unfortunately he told them the somewhat sad news. Although sequels aren't always great, a Constantine sequel had building buzz since we first mentioned it back in November of 2006. Unfortunately it was dependent on the script and whether a good story could come together, but it sounds like Reeves is no longer interested.
Reeves did confirm that plans for a sequel were initially in place, but that he's no longer interested. The series is based on Veritgo's 200+ issue Hellblazer comic and IESB speculates that Reeves just didn't want to "retread the same water", despite their is an abundance of material to work from. In our last update on the sequel in December from Francis Lawrence, who directed the first Constantine and was going to produce the sequel, he said that "until someone comes up with a great idea, whether it's earlier [in his life] or later, we'll just have to see." It sounds like this project is now dead in the water.
But that's not all! They go on to say that Reeves added that "there are no characters left that he's played that he has any desire to return to." There goes our hope for a Scanner Darkly of Chain Reaction (just kidding) sequel! Realistically he's actually making a good choice. As much as we make fun of Keanu, at least he's smart enough to not do any sequels unless they really push the limits of the first film. Although he doesn't seem opposed to doing remakes of great sci-fi classics…
Unless we hear otherwise, it sounds like the Constantine sequel is dead and Reeves is only working on more original projects in the future. If you really need to get your Keanu fix, however, he is starring in Street Kings due out on April 11th and eventually will be threatening the earth as the alien Klaatu in The Day the Earth Stood Still, due out in theaters on December 12th.