CONSTANTINE 2 Director Francis Lawrence Wants The Sequel To Be A Real R-Rated Film

CONSTANTINE 2 Director Francis Lawrence Wants The Sequel To Be A Real R-Rated Film

Constantine 2 director Francis Lawrence wants to go all-in on making the sequel a "real R-rated" film, and not be hamstrung by rating limitations set by the studio. Check out the director's thoughts below!

By MattIsForReal - Nov 14, 2022 08:11 PM EST
Filed Under: Constantine 2
Source: The Wrap

Earlier this year, it was announced that Warner Bros. was in the early stages of developing a Constantine sequel. While there's still no script for the movie, returning director Francis Lawrence revealed to TheWrap that the storyline has been discussed endlessly.

"We have germs of ideas and dedication,” Lawrence said. “And Keanu and I have been batting around for a while and we’ve always wanted to do it. It’s just that we finally gotten past the hurdle of now we can go ahead and, and really do it. Now we have to just roll up our sleeves and dive in. But we have lots of ideas.”

One of the ideas, Lawrence revealed, is to make the sequel a true R-rated film. The director revealed that when making the 2005 movie, they were limited in what they could and could not do because Warner Bros. wanted it to be PG-13. 

“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," Lawrence explained. But if you recall, Constantine was actually given an R rating. This was due to "the gray zone of intensity."

"And my big, big regret was that we have an R-rated movie that’s really a PG-13 movie,” he said. “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.”

With the upcoming sequel, Lawrence wants "to really go at it and make a real R-rated Constantine which is, I think, what people always wanted originally, not the PG-13 version that just happens to get an R."

Movie studios tend to shy away from producing R-rated films due to the belief that it could limit box office potential. But as we've seen in recent years with films like Deadpool and Logan, an R-rated film can be just as successful as a PG-13 movie if done right.

An R-rating won't guarantee a Constantine sequel will be a box office smash, but it could open things up from a creative standpoint when depicting a character like John Constantine.

“I think John Constantine is a funny character in a darkly comic kind of way and I would want to definitely add more of that sarcastic, cynical sense of humor to the story,” Lawrence said.

The original Constantine didn't fare too well with critics, scoring just a 46% on Rotten Tomatoes. It wasn't necessarily the insufficient amount of blood or scariness that critics took issue with, but rather the overall lack of focus in the story itself. 

That being said, the general audience seemed to enjoy it a bit more with a 72% overall audience score. In the end, the film grossed $230.9 million against a production budget between $70-$100 million. If Lawrence feels going all in on an R rating will help to make a better overall script, then by all means he should go for it.

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dracula
dracula - 11/14/2022, 8:30 PM
In terms of style hoping for something similar to Deliver Us From Evil
AmazingFILMporg
AmazingFILMporg - 11/14/2022, 8:32 PM
@dracula -


I want an evil dead type vibe💪
dracula
dracula - 11/14/2022, 8:41 PM
@AmazingFILMporg - Alvarez or Raimi

Could see Alvarez working

Love classic evil dead trilogy and show but from Constantine think id want something a bit darker
TheLobster
TheLobster - 11/14/2022, 8:43 PM
@dracula - I think the style they went with on the first film is one of the best aspects of the film so I disagree but I do hope the sequel is more, for lack of a better word, evil.
dracula
dracula - 11/14/2022, 10:53 PM
@TheLobster - i guess

Just get rid of stuff like cross shaped golden guns

AmazingFILMporg
AmazingFILMporg - 11/14/2022, 8:30 PM
How about focusing on making a good movie first?🤔....


This need to be R for the sake of it is some edge lord type shit😐
TheLobster
TheLobster - 11/14/2022, 8:35 PM
@AmazingFILMporg - well the first film is great so I’m sure they have a plan and that includes and more sinister sequel.
TheVandalore
TheVandalore - 11/14/2022, 8:47 PM
@AmazingFILMporg - you have to settle on the tone and concept before you begin. They are in the early crafting stages, tossing ideas around, one being the rating limitations for the content. He wants to be able to dial it up to his desired intensity, that's literally something you have to consider when making a film.

I don't see how it's edge lord type shit to discuss what kinda film you intend to make.
dracula
dracula - 11/14/2022, 8:31 PM
Better be worth loosing both Matt Ryan and a potential tv series
Urubrodi
Urubrodi - 11/15/2022, 6:41 AM
@dracula - Not sure why those things and the movie needed to be mutually exclusive.
TheLobster
TheLobster - 11/14/2022, 8:33 PM
YES PLZ
AnthonyVonGeek
AnthonyVonGeek - 11/14/2022, 8:39 PM
Mr Lawrence….
philinterrupted
philinterrupted - 11/14/2022, 8:46 PM
This movie will ultimately not get made.

Mark my words.
TheLobster
TheLobster - 11/14/2022, 8:49 PM
@philinterrupted - I definitely would be surprised if it goes into actual production but here’s to hoping!
BritishMonkey
BritishMonkey - 11/15/2022, 7:45 AM
@philinterrupted - It is starting to feel like Gambit again.
Mugens
Mugens - 11/14/2022, 8:58 PM
The first film had some good moments and a lot of potential that was not fully realized. Hopefully if another is really made, they can kick it up a notch or two and provide us with a great film.
GhostDog
GhostDog - 11/14/2022, 9:11 PM
Do. It.
BobGarlen
BobGarlen - 11/14/2022, 9:27 PM
I'm excited for this.
solskulldeath
solskulldeath - 11/14/2022, 9:41 PM
just get someone from Liverpool to do justice for the character!!! I want john constantine to speak with his thick scouser accent!!!!
defenderofthefaith
defenderofthefaith - 11/14/2022, 9:57 PM
I just want to see if John and Angela will finally kiss in this one?
PatientXero
PatientXero - 11/14/2022, 10:22 PM
Idk…When I think of Constantine, these days I think of Matt Ryan. He’s nailed the character, and is as good as Constantine in the animated stuff. Keanu has always been a bit of a piece of cardboard for me. It’s serviceable, but nothing special. I will say though, that he was really good in Matrix 4 and all the John Wicks.
Deklipz
Deklipz - 11/15/2022, 7:48 AM
@PatientXero - Keanu was the ONLY thing good in matrix 4.
ObserverIO
ObserverIO - 11/15/2022, 4:08 AM
Is this movie actually still a real thing though?

I somehow don't see a sequel to a 2005 movie as being one of (if not the) first films to come out of DC Studios.
Especially since this was greenlit by Mike De Luca (and Pam Abdy) and not James Gunn (and Peter Safran).
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