In 2005, Francis Lawrence directed the first Constantine movie, inspired by the DC comic Hellblazer. Keanu Reeves played the lead role as a regular guy with a special ability – he can see spirits, both good and bad, that exist around us. However, this gift becomes a burden, and as a teenager, he tries to end his own life. Instead of dying, he’s saved and now has to make up for his actions. Constantine becomes a guardian, working in the space between Heaven and Hell. He takes on the role of an occult and paranormal detective.
Even though Constantine received mixed reviews when it first came out, it has gained a dedicated following over time. Many fans now wish for more adventures featuring Keanu Reeves as the paranormal investigator.
Information about Constantine 2 has appeared, disappeared, and appeared again over the last few years. It seems like Lawrence is really trying to make the project happen, depicting the world of angels and demons with a mature rating.
“One of the biggest things for me about the first one was we followed, per Warner Bros., the rules to make a PG-13 movie in terms of violence, blood, language, sexuality. But the ratings board gave us a hard R based on their the gray zone of intensity,” Lawrence told Collider last November. “And my big, big regret was that we have an R-rated movie that’s really a PG-13 movie. And if I was going to have to go have an R, I would have really made an R-rated movie. I would have made it much scarier and much more violent and I would have really made an R-rated movie.”