Constantine 2: Is making a Keanu Reeves cult sequel a good idea?

Constantine 2: Is making a Keanu Reeves cult sequel a good idea?

I remember having fun with Francis Lawrence Constantine Seeing him in the middle of a busy opening night of the AMC Burbank Show on February 18, 2005. I had no deep knowledge of Hellblazer Comic books and no problem with Keanu Reeves being portrayed as the traditional supernatural blonde and bisexual British detective. The takeaway before my release was that Rachel Weisz had transitioned from a Reeves girl chain reaction To be a co-star in the Trailer Name Check. She will win this year’s Best Supporting Actress Oscar Perpetual gardener. I was so pleased Constantine It was a religious horror film first, a detective flick second and a third outstanding action superhero film. The 121-minute fantasy had a few big action scenes with an epilogue based on the anti-hero’s suicide to save the world. This climaxing maneuver will be amusingly repeated in the blockbuster Lawrence I Am Legend After 2.5 years.

Now that every old movie has a die-hard fan cast, and every previous successful movie is being re-positioned as a potential franchise, it looks like we’re getting Constantine 2. Yes, Keanu Reeves will be back alongside Lawrence. But, of course, there are miles between “Merchants say a movie what’s going on” and “This is your first trailer.” If this is speeded up, it should be soon after Lawrence’s job is finished The Hunger Games: Song of Songbirds and Snakes And Reeves concludes the promotion John Wick: Chapter 4. This is a great “if”. I’m inclined to think that the deal happened in part because JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot needed something tangible to justify the $500 million Warner Bros. It made its way amid the recent wave of mega development deals. I can also suggest that the studio make a sequel to a successful comic book featuring an Internet-friendly movie star.

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In any case, Constantine It was a good movie. I rewatched it in April of 2020, and it mostly held up. It was a big hit when movie stars and a high-profile glamorous concept were enough. It made $232 million worldwide on $100 million amid the DVD boom when marketing was cheaper. Patty Jenkins earned $821 million amazing woman In 2017, it was DC’s biggest grossing superhero movie that didn’t feature Batman or Superman. Of all the DC movies, coming summer 2013 (man of steel), the third largest flick in the capital (behind Chris Nolan The Dark Knight A sequel worth $1 billion each) was Zack Snyder 300valued at $457 million in 2007. Constantine It wasn’t such a hit that he put Reeves back on the A-list during a lull (comparison) between Matrix of revolutions (And the Something has to be given) And the John Wick. Its earnings certainly don’t indicate a franchise.

Are you all trying Warner Bros. And Bad Robot played the “old sequel” card with a follow-up as early as 19 years later? If the budget remains too tight, it will not be more than what Lionsgate will spend in the end John Wick 4I think it deserves a photo. But WB Took A $190 Million Bath On Lana Wachowski Resurrection Matrix, which (regardless of the Covid and HBO Max variants) will never break out no matter how much the media circle of this generation properly scans Reeves for the coolest men. Remember, the difference between Halloween Being a massive smash of $255 million and Terminator: Dark Fate Being a $261 million disaster, one cost $10 and the other $185 million. Most (but not all) of the old sequel’s successes since 2015 (Creed, Scream, Halloween, Ghostbusters: Afterlife) were budget-friendly films that didn’t have to break records to break even.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens And the Top Gun: Maverick They were expensive films that skyrocketed to infinity ($2 billion in 2015) and beyond ($1.463 billion to date). Semi-heritage sequences such as jurassic world And the Spider-Man: There is no room for home (the MCU part Spider Man threequel, part spider man 4 and part The Amazing Spider-Man 3Earnings of $1.67 billion and $1.91 billion. Unless you really have a four-quarter, all-inclusive IP address (such as Better Turns out, mea culpa), you should make something that appeals to people who don’t have an inherent interest in IP. You have to make it cheap enough that you don’t have to play with non-converters. Unlike that, Blade Runner 2049 Grossing $242 million in 2017, which is fine for a 2.5-hour R-rated sci-fi drama, but not good enough on a $155 million budget. See also: Dr. Slip, Which earned $72 million on a budget of $45 million.

Constantine Not a character A-level. The previous movie, amid a much more generous time to watch theatrical films and when movies of her ilk were much less par for the course, “only” earned $232 million worldwide. In 2022, the character was played on TV/Broadcast by Matt Ryan (Constantine And the legends of tomorrow) and Jenna Coleman (the hypnotic). Outside John WickKeanu Reeves is not an A-level draw in the seats, like Resurrection Matrix (regardless of quality and subversive meta-suspension) proven last Christmas. Just the idea of ​​DC Films interconnecting won’t do any good Constantine what he did wild birds ($205 million) and suicide squad ($168 million) benefit from contacting amazing woman ($821 million) and Aquaman ($1.148 billion). That’s not to say this potential theoretical sequel is doomed to burn in hell forever, but… they’re undoubtedly playing with fire.

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