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Constantine Director talks sequel

Constantine.jpgThere's certainly been a lot of talk from the Constantine camp about a sequel, and now the Director of the first film is the next to speak out about it, although he's not as positive as the Producers have been.

In fact when the Producers have spoken before they haven't even mentioned the Director. Here's what Francis Lawrence has to say about it.

“I like origin stories, that would be cool. What worked for me is the film came from the 'Dangerous Habits' storyline - he had cancer and he was dying. To me that was the core of the story. It's why the movie works for me, because the story couldn't be more personal.

People have thrown concepts around [for a sequel] and I go 'Why does he give a f**k?' In the first film he's trying to save his own skin. Everything else, you can come up with these stories where he goes to different lands and fight the bad guys or witch doctors, but I think it all falls flat.

Until someone comes up with a great idea, whether it's earlier [in his life] or later, we'll just have to see.”

The Francis Lawrence comments come through Coming Soon.

Yeah, that doesn't sound too good at all, but in the past we've heard some very positive things. We heard from Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura that he was keen:

"I know all the filmmakers want to try to make number two. We love the character. We're hoping that we can find a way to make even, I'll say, a darker, harder version of it. We're not at that place yet where we really have the ability to get that done, but I know Keanu wants to play that and all of us think that there is a natural, new and darker adventure with Constantine."

We also heard from Producer Lauren Shuler Donner who suggested that things were moving forward, although it was almost a year ago.

Yes, with Keanu [Reeves]. We have been working with a team of writers to come up with a story and yeah, you will...

... We are really going to go for it this time. The area that we found is great...it's really scary, it's good…it's outside of America...different director, but Francis [Lawrence] will produce it with us. We will try to maintain his vision.

Even Keanu Reeves had positive words for the project:

"It's kind of in the air. Maybe. I'd love to, but I don't know if the producers would want to do it... It's a long story. We've got to figure it out."

However none of that means it will get made, and I'm glad that it seems they are holding out for something strong. I thought that Constantine (Filmstalker review) was a superb film and very underrated, and it really did play to Keanu Reeves' strengths, as well as feature a great script, superb casting and in particular the superb performance of Peter Stormare as the Devil.

I want another film, in fact I'd love it to become a little franchise, but it has to find the core of that first story and stay true to it.



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