Earlier this year, it was announced that Warner Bros. Discovery would bring back Keanu Reeves and director Francis Lawrence for a second Constantine movie. In a recent interview, Lawrence talked about how he would like to handle the film.
Talking to The WrapLawrence said that if he spoke his mind, Constantine II would be a “true R-rated” film, stemming from a frustration he had with the original film.
“One of the biggest things for me about the first one was that, according to Warner Bros., we followed the rules of making a PG-13 movie in terms of violence, blood, language, sexuality. But the ratings board gave us a hard R based on their gray zone of intensity,” Lawrence said. “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 an R, I really would have made an R-rated movie. I would have made it a lot scarier and a lot more violent, and I really wanted to make an R-rated movie.”
This time around, however, Lawrence said his plans are to “really get down to business” and make a movie that properly reflects the character, which means there might be a proper R-rated movie.
“The idea is that this time, at least for me, to really step up and make a real R-rated Constantine which, I think, is what people always wanted originally, not the PG-13 version that just happens to get an R,” Lawrence said.
The original 2005 Constantine the film was met with mixed reviews, but quickly became a cult classic among fans. Not too much is known about the planned sequel right now, but the film will be written by Akiva Goldsman and produced with JJ Abrams and Hannah Minghella.