Moviehole spoke to Keanu Reeves today, for his upcoming “Something’s Gotta Give”, and got chatting about the Constantine film. The site provided the following clips from the interview.
Were you committed to Constantine a long time ago?
No, I was working in Australia and working on ‘The Matrix’ films and just trying to develop work for afterwards and this script came and worked on the script and worked with Warner Brothers and some of the execs there, and writers, Akiva Goldsman came on as one of the producers and so, he’s done some writing and it took about a year, and right now, we’re about six weeks in.
Is it a comic book?
Yes, it’s coming from a comic book series, from a character from Allen Moore. I think that it was introduced in ‘Swamp Thing’.
What’s the take on the character?
His relationship to God. I guess that it’s ultimately it’s his relationship to the world. It’s a guy who’s got anger and ambivalence. There’s a line in it, ‘God has a plan for all of us, and some people like it, some people don’t.’ That’s kind of a Constantinian take on it. Some people like it and John Constantine doesn’t like it, but he likes it.
Do you think that it’s going to be commercial because that’s a dark comic series?
Well, I mean, we have a character. We’re hoping to make a PG-13 film, but it’s also a character who after he goes to Gabriel and finds out that there’s no way. I’m playing a character who’s damned and he’s trying to escape hell and he goes to Gabriel and he’s like, ‘Come on, I’m taking demons out of little girls. Who’s that for?’ Gabriel is saying, ‘Well, you don’t believe.’ I go, ‘I believe for Christ sake.’ He goes, ‘No, you know. You don’t have faith.’
He’s an ex-priest?
I don’t know. It depends on what story you’re telling. In this one, he wasn’t and after that, he goes and you see my character with scratches on his back and he’s drinking some whiskey and he’s just made love to the demon. So, you know, we’re trying for PG-13. My feet are on the floor of the bed, he’s under the covers.
What do you think are some of the cons about getting involved with another franchise?
I don’t know about cons. I don’t know about that. I mean the business side of it and the storytelling side of it; if we’re fortunate enough and it all comes together and we make an interesting, enjoyable film, I’ll be really happy. I’m having a really positive experience right now. I’m working with some incredible artists. We have a remarkable DP. I’m working with Francis Lawrence who’s very talented, has a fresh vision, a great storyteller. I’m doing a script with Akiva Goldsman, an Oscar award winner. He’s one of the best writers in town. I’m working with Rachel Weisz and Tilda Swinton is acting in it. We’ve got some incredible set direction and we’ve got one of the best crews that I’ve ever worked with. We’re telling a righteous story and something that I think is cool about adjusting one’s place in the world and if we’re lucky enough to entertain folks and that they dig it and whoever says, ‘Keanu, do you want to do that again,’ we’ll see. Whether that turns into a franchise, and lunch boxes, I doubt it, but hopefully, if we can make a good film, I don’t know.
The full interview is available at the link above. Thanks to ‘Clint’.