John Constantine is still looking into things that have to do with demons. Reports from Deadline and Variety say that Keanu Reeves will play the title character, a demonologist, and exorcist, in a follow-up to the 2005 movie Constantine.
Both news sources confirmed that Warner Bros. is making a sequel. Writer Akiva Goldsman and director Francis Lawrence, who made his debut with Constantine and has since directed movies like The Hunger Games and I Am Legend, are also back for the new film. Together with J.J. Abrams and Hannah Minghella, Goldsman’s company, Weed Road Pictures, will make the movie.
Since then, other versions of the DC comic book character Constantine have been shown on NBC from 2014 to 2015 and more recently on Netflix with The Sandman. However, this is Reeves’ first time playing the role in almost 20 years. A spinoff of Constantine that was made by J.J. Abrams and was supposed to air on HBO Max was canceled after two years of development; sources told Deadline and Variety.
The series, which was said to be based on Constantine’s Hellblazer comic, is another project that did not make it through Warner Bros.’s merger with Discovery. But that is not all. Variety and Deadline say that Madame X, a show based on DC’s Madame Xanadu, has also been canceled.
It joins a growing list of adaptations that were supposed to air on HBO Max that were canceled. Warner Bros. canceled Batgirl in August, saying that the movie was “unsalvageable.” However, this was likely just a way for the studio to save money.
Both Deadline and Variety say that Warner Bros. is still confident that another network will pick up the Constantine and Madame X shows, so all may not be lost if you were looking forward to them. Putting aside the Warner Bros. Discovery drama, I can not wait to see what kind of hellish adventure Reeves’ Constantine will go on this time.
Since Matrix Resurrections came out last year and another John Wick movie is on the way, we have had a lot of Keanu content, and I am not complaining.