Warner Bros. and Akiva Goldsman announced their collaboration on “Constantine 2” and “I Am Legend 2” earlier this year, marking a significant development in the world of entertainment.
In an interview with Deadline, Goldsman praised Keanu Reeves, emphasizing the actor’s unwavering desire to revisit the iconic character. Reeves had expressed his interest in returning to the role since 2005, and his persistence paid off. Goldsman highlighted that the character of Constantine is intricately linked with Keanu Reeves, reflecting both his and director Francis Lawrence’s unique perspective on the world of good and evil. This perspective creates an authentic noir atmosphere where a hidden world coexists with our own.
Goldsman shared that they are still in the process of exploring the character and storyline as he works on the script. Despite the ongoing strike among writers and actors in Hollywood, Goldsman, in an earlier conversation with The Playlist in July, mentioned that the team behind “Constantine 2” had already devised the story, eagerly waiting for the opportunity to start writing.
As for “I Am Legend 2,” Goldsman disclosed that he had initiated work on the script before the strike disrupted production. He also confirmed that the team, consisting of Francis Lawrence, Keanu Reeves, and himself, has made significant progress in breaking down the story for “Constantine 2,” although actual writing had not commenced.
It’s worth noting that when James Gunn and Peter Safran, the new DC Studios co-chairmen and CEOs, unveiled their plans for the DC Universe earlier this year, “Constantine 2” was conspicuously absent from their announcement. Their vision for the first phase of the DC Universe, titled “Gods and Monsters,” seemed promising for a character like Constantine, given his history of battling demons, monsters, and the devil himself.
Interestingly, the studio is actively working on a “Swamp Thing” movie, and it’s worth mentioning that Constantine made his comic book debut within the pages of the green monster’s series back in 1985.
However, Keanu Reeves, while promoting “John Wick: Chapter 4” in March, appeared to downplay the progress of “Constantine 2.” He humorously commented, “We’re trying, I don’t know if it’s going to happen. I don’t know if I look good as a blond. Hopefully, I get to do it, but I don’t know.”
The future of “Constantine 2” and “I Am Legend 2” remains uncertain, with a mix of enthusiasm and challenges awaiting their realization. Fans of these iconic franchises will undoubtedly keep a close eye on their development in the coming months.