WGA Strike Hits Constantine 2 Hard, but Keanu Reeves Return Still Happening

WGA Strike Hits Constantine 2 Hard, but Keanu Reeves Return Still Happening
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Almost 20 years later, Keanu Reeves is set to come back as one of his most iconic characters… Even though the Writer’s Guild’s strike is jeopardizing the production.

It’s been so long since the first and only Constantine movie, but it's still as popular and beloved as the year it came out. Featuring Keanu Reeves as its lead actor, Constantine immediately became a classic in its own right; now, almost two decades later, the franchise will finally come back to life with a long-anticipated sequel.

Constantine 2 was recently greenlit at DC, and everyone and their family dogs were cheering; however, the changes came quickly and abruptly, halting the movie entirely and even potentially putting it in danger.

First, the Writer’s Guild of America’s strike hit Constantine 2 alongside numerous other films and series. The script hadn’t even been started by the time the strike came, so it came as a major and indefinite delay of the production, which is scary.

Second, with the management changes over at DC, fans were worried that the new heads of the company — James Gunn and Peter Safran — would prioritize other movies and push Keanu Reeves’ new entry far back on the shelf, which is yet worse.

Luckily, despite these complications, the movie is still happening as confirmed by its writer, Akiva Goldsman, who gave a promising update on it in his recent interview.

“My pens are down, so there’s nothing to do. But, yeah, those are the next things I’m writing when I’m allowed to write again. I had already begun [I Am] Legend 2 when [WGA started the strike], and Frances [Lawrence], Keanu [Reeves], and I have broken Constantine 2. I just haven’t started typing yet,” explained Goldsman.

There’s no need to worry, it seems: the movie that we all — as well as Keanu Reeves himself — have been waiting for so long is still happening. As to when it will actually enter the production stage, you’re better off asking the Producers Guild: it doesn’t appear that WGA is willing to end the strike until they get what they’re asking for.

Source: The Playlist