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Francis Lawrence Talks About I AM LEGEND And CONSTANTINE Prequels/Sequels...

Published at: May 3, 2011, 1:04 p.m. CST by merrick

 

Merrick here...

THIS piece at MTV offers a chat with Francis Lawrence about whether or not a sequel or prequel to either CONSTANTINE or I AM LEGEND (both films he directed) will ever come about.  The potential franchising of both titles has been rumored or indicated for several years now.   

All of this per the interview embed below.  But the short of it is...

Regarding the notion of a CONSTANTINE sequel, Lawrence says...

Over the years, CONSTANTINE seems like it has this kind of cult following...which has been great, it's been embraced, and it would be great to figure out a sequel.  And if we did, and we've been trying to figure one out, it would be great to do the really, dark scary...we got caught in that weird PG-13 R no man's land...and we should do the hard R, scary version, which I would love to do" 

When asked about the I AM LEGEND Prequel/Sequel/follow-up we heard was being mulled some time ago, the director succinctly indicates...

I don't think that's ever gonna happen...

 

Is it just me?  I'd much rather see Keanu make a third BILL & TED movie than another CONSTANTINE picture, but I would welcome a hard-R interpretation of HELLBLAZER (CONSTANTINE's source material - available HERE).  Or any kind of hard R film, for that matter - I'm still finding many PG-13 films too diluted for my tastes.

 

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  • May 3, 2011, 1:04 p.m. CST

    No.

    by rev_skarekroe

    Do Hellblazer right or don't do it at all.

  • May 3, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Agreed

    by jasper Stillwell

    Leave it well alone. Set it in England. Make it a 'Sherlock'-style series. Don't let Reeves anywhere near it in any form.

  • May 3, 2011, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Francis

    by Robusto

    One of the few directors to go from music videos to 'ok' movies. I Am Legend is debatable bad. But the Deer Hunting sequence had me. Constantine was well done. I'd like to see him make more movies but not sequels/prequels to these.

  • May 3, 2011, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Daniel Fucking Craig IS John Constantine.

    by UltraTron

    Make it so.

  • May 3, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Loved Constatine...

    by Judge Briggs

    I really enjoyed the movie! Hope for a sequel.. then again, I never read the books so I wasn't jaded.

  • May 3, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST

    I'am Legend could been alot better...

    by BlackBriar

    It was okay at best.

  • a theater playing a Hellblazer movie starring Daniel Craig

  • I could care less about the Keanu haters, he's a great actor and a pretty cool human being too.

  • Also, all for hard R Constantine. I think the first is in that rare category of "good movie, lousy adaptation". And I'm a fan of Hellblazer, so I would usually be a little biased here.

  • May 3, 2011, 1:15 p.m. CST

    i had one question after seeing constantine and that

    by emeraldboy

    was what was Tilda Swinton's character supposed be. or maybe that Djimonn Hounsou. been a while since i saw it. really confused about hounsou's character....in that one...it was first time I saw tilda swinton in anything. wow. fucking wow....

  • May 3, 2011, 1:17 p.m. CST

    I'd love to see ...

    by berserkrl

    a movie actually based on the Constantine comics, with an edgy, profane, chain-smoking blond British Constantine.

  • May 3, 2011, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Where is Johnny Depp's epic take on Morphius?

    by UltraTron

    At least throw us a sandman bone cameo

  • May 3, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST

    You could have SHOT me, John.

    by Flummage

    You chose a higher path. Look how well you're doing!

  • May 3, 2011, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Leave "I Am Legend" alone

    by Beezbo

    No one will ever get it right.

  • May 3, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Actually, there were two things I liked about Constantine

    by rev_skarekroe

    Tilda Swinton as Gabriel, and the weird southern/gay devil, which was a far more interesting approach than Garth Ennis' bodybuilder/bully version.

  • May 3, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Will Smith was not right for I Am Legend

    by aicnmscott

    I just saw Will Smith up on screen...the entire time...not his character.

  • Fuck zombie films, alien invasion, Fuck disaster movies. What else do ya got? Sorry we're not buying that shit anymore. Ya got something better in the back? Maybe stored under some old papers or something? Can you please go check?

  • May 3, 2011, 1:31 p.m. CST

    God who wants sequels or prequels to either of these?

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

  • I'm a huge fan of ground-out studio hackery.

  • May 3, 2011, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Love "Constantine".. "Legend", not so much.

    by OgieOglethorpe

    Wouldn't mind seeing Keanu back, but Daniel Craig would indeed KILL in the role. Also love the hard "R" idea.

  • i think unless it's a really good movie (or will guarantee Keanu beaucoup $ like Matrix) Keanu stays very clear of sequels...I saw on youtube Keanu got a mohawk right around the time they were trying to get him to do speed 2. I liked Constantine, and now that chaz is dead I think they should go darker.

  • May 3, 2011, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Be nice if one day someone made a decent

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    I am Legend adaption.

  • May 3, 2011, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Enjoyed Constantine, I'd welcome a prequel/sequel!

    by Johnno

    Yeah, it's not exactly like Hellblazer, but at least they had the dignity to change the title to 'Constantine' based on the comic book 'Hellblazer'and not just call it 'Hellblazer.' Keanu should get off the high porch and make this one. I mean the dude wants to make Cowboy Bebop into a franchise and obviously that means sequels. I'm down for Constantine 2 in 3-D. I'm even more down for Matrix 4 & 5. Do it Keanu!

  • It didn't add up all that well. I mean, this guy is supposed to be tortured by his job, he's a lone light against the darkness yada yada, and yet all he has to do to banish a hell-horde of flying demon-angels is unsheath a little ball... All he has to do to defeat a giant bug-conglomerate à la Nightmare-Before-Christmas (Oogey) Bogeyman is push it in front of a car. What I'm trying to say is that we never got a proper sense of why his job is difficult. Kind of like the Harry Potter series has always had Harry breaking all the rules and not only getting away with it but getting outright rewarded and then somehow learning all the right lessons anyway -- it's poor plotting. Unlike a lot of people, I don't dislike Keanu. I just think he needs specific types of roles. And I bought him as Constantine, though he wasn't perfect in the role; but even with Tilda Swinton and Peter Stormare picking up slack as Gabriel and Satan, it was a movie that could have been reworked to be much more engrossing and to give a much better sense of what is at stake and what kind of effort Constantine puts into his work.

  • May 3, 2011, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Haven't Seen Constantine...

    by MakNeil

    because I read the comic since the first issue for years, and there's no way Keanu Reeves should have been chosen to play the character. I still say Tim Roth would have been perfect for John Constantine. I mean he's a great actor, actually British ('Britishness' is part and parcel of the character. You take that away, then you might as well call him something else, because he's not John Constantine) and can act like nobody's business. I perhaps will see Constantine if it pops up on Netflix streaming in the near future, but it will be with reluctance.

  • May 3, 2011, 2:11 p.m. CST

    I liked the movie Constantine until I read the comics.

    by Huey_Freemans_afro

    They dumbed down, watered down and bastardized SO much to make the movie version. John Constantine has a lot more depth and moral ambiguity. Typical condescending Hollywood. That being said... I still kinda like the movie.

  • May 3, 2011, 2:15 p.m. CST

    What the fuck would an I Am Legend prequel be about?

    by Mel

  • May 3, 2011, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Francis Lawrence has great visual style, but I'm afraid no soul.

    by Huey_Freemans_afro

    The makes awesome music videos. Remember "Cry Me A River"? Both Constantine and I Am Legend were well shot, but they totally raped the brilliant source material.

  • May 3, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST

    One day, I hope they make a proper I Am Legend adaptation.

    by Huey_Freemans_afro

    But I may have to settle for Stake Land.

  • May 3, 2011, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Daniel Craig?

    by Richard

    Paul Bettany IS John Constantine...

  • May 3, 2011, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Daniel Craig as John Constantine. Directed by Guy Ritchie.

    by Huey_Freemans_afro

    I could dig that. Ritchie has demonstrated both a flair for the blue-collar British underbelly and metaphysical themes (see: Revolver).

  • May 3, 2011, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Paul Bettany could work too. Or Jason Flemyng.

    by Huey_Freemans_afro

  • May 3, 2011, 2:22 p.m. CST

    I Am Legend just never did it for me...

    by Ryan

    ...No offense to anyone, because I realize he is a popular actor, but I never have cared for Will Smith. For some reason that puckering he does with his lips to express anger or sadness just gets on my nerves. I thought Constantine was a decent movie although I have never read the comics. Keanu is definitely not the best actor but I think he has a knack for picking good roles, most of the time. I am a fan. I would be interested in seeing another Constantine film.

  • May 3, 2011, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Constantine II -- hell yeah!

    by Token

    I've never read the comics, so I have no axe to grind on that score. However I really liked the movie and would really enjoy a serious R-rated sequel. I'm a Keanu fan too... Considering all the crap sequels Hollywood makes, why not this?

  • May 3, 2011, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Where Constantine went wrong

    by Huey_Freemans_afro

    Aside from the obvious, like being Americanized and PG-13. 1) They insisted on a Catholic view of the universe. This alone limited Constantine to be more of an exorcist begging to get into Heaven than a modern sorcerer who'd rather not claim a side. Boorrriiinnng. 2) They tried to be too much like Blade, with all his funky weaponry. You know the scene with the holy water and the sprinklers? We all thought the same thing. 3) Keanu Reeves said he tried to mimic Constantine's body language. Um, I guess I can see that. But his style was still all wrong. No trenchcoat, but wears a $200 shirt? Really?? Less mod, more Columbo. 3.5) Speaking of style, he was bitter, sure, but he should have been more of a smart-ass. At the end, he should've shagged Rachel Weiss, not called her back and lit up a cigarette at the end.

  • May 3, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Pretty sad. The best R Rated horror is

    by MoffatBabies

    on TV. Supernatural, which gets away with far more than a pg-13 film pretty much every week, and The Walking Dead are great examples.

  • May 3, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Bring on another Constantine

    by D.Vader

    It was a fun, enjoyable genre flick. Coulda been better, but it could have been a helluva lot worse.

  • May 3, 2011, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Yes please, a Constantine sequel would be fantastic

    by flax

    I watched the first film with no knowledge whatsoever of the comic, so my viewing experience was untainted by its unfaithfulness as an adaptation. I really enjoyed it, and I've wanted a sequel ever since. I like Keanu, I think Lawrence is a talented director and I believe a seriously dark and violent R-rated Constantine film holds tremendous potential. 'Hellblazer' sounds like a good title for it to me. My one request is that they bring back Peter Stormare as Satan and give him a much bigger role – make him the main villain this time round. The guy was terrific in the five minutes of screentime they gave him in the first one. I'm also really looking forward to Bill & Ted 3 and wishing that Matrix 4 & 5 bullshit from a few months back was true.

  • May 3, 2011, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Why not simply make 'I Am Legend' as Matheson wrote it?

    by BiggusDickus

    Instead of endlessly fucking about with the story because you're frightened your mongoloid test audiences won't like the ending. There's a reason it's a classic, Hollywood. Why not actually make it as a movie and see?

  • The actually filmed the original ending – the one in the book – but they were forced to change it to a new one when the moronic test audiences reacted negatively to it. You can still find the original footage floating about on the interwebs. Apart from the ending, I thought it was a pretty good film, so I'm willing to give Lawrence a pass on this one.

  • i know that COSNTANTINE works very porly as an adaptation of HELLBLAZER... but on it's own as a movie, it was damn fine. I AM LEGEND is the herculean epic effort of a good director trying to rise above the mediocre material he had to work with... and failing. But in the midle of all the shit, i can see the talent of Francis Lawrence flaring up occasionally. I think Francis Lawrence is a really talented fellow. He just should get a movie worthy of his talents.

  • May 3, 2011, 3:09 p.m. CST

    biggusdickus

    by thommcg

    Amen to that. Great book and the film shares pretty much nothing with it beyond the name.

  • May 3, 2011, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Loved Constantine, but I am Legend left me cold

    by david starling

    Constantine I felt was a triumph of a Director making his own balance to a story, whilst sticking to certain conventions, and taking huge risks with it. Still a superb movie, and worth more than a once-over. I am Legend I felt hugely disappointed by however. Lacking coherent and relevant pacing, it seemed to build and then just ended. Its a real shame, because Smith added something to the film that was a compliment, and a refreshing edge, to a character already built by Charlon Heston's superb take in the Omega Man. I will say though, that I feel Francis Lawrence is underrated.

  • May 3, 2011, 3:10 p.m. CST

    I'll take your Daniel Craig and Paul Bettany

    by MotherPussBucket

    and raise you a Sean Pertwee.

  • May 3, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    biggusdickus

    by AsimovLives

    "Why not simply make 'I Am Legend' as Matheson wrote it?" Yeah, it sounds so simple, doesn't it? But Hackiva Goldsman and The Fresh Prince Big Willy, in their wisdom, thought otherwise. It's fantastic, but so far the closet that I AM LEGEND actually got to be put on film was the old Vicent Price movie THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, a cheappy movie made on the fast and still very close to the theme and mood of that fantastic book.

  • May 3, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST

    ultratron

    by AsimovLives

    You're right! If CONSTANTINE had been made today, Daniel Craig would had been the logical option. Too bad he was a nobody back then.

  • May 3, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    beezbo

    by AsimovLives

    Correction: Holywood will never get it right. I would had killed to see what Ridley Scott would had come up with when he was attached to I AM LEGEND. I would personally castrate Michael Bay and JJ Abrams for the oportunity to have a I AM LEGEND movie directed by Sir Ridley Scott. And i would do it free of charge.

  • May 3, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Sean Pertwee, fuck yeah!

    by Gabe Athouse

    Bleach that fucker's hair blond and give him a trenchcoat and a cigarette stat. That's perfect. And, who knows? They finally managed to cast Bruce Wayne right after all those years....

  • May 3, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST

    melonman

    by AsimovLives

    Keep the ending or make a variation that would still stay true to the spirit of the book. I once got this beta version of a scriptwritring software. So, for fun, i decided to write adaptation scripts of I AM LEGEND. They were not very good, alas. But i noticed one thing: the temptation was always write an ending where Neville is alive in then ending. I created like five different versions of why he would be considered a legend evne if he was alive by the end. The last one was a compromise of the books ending and me wantingto have Neville alive in the end. Basically, i made Neville surrender to the vampires after he had inicially escaped, and he walks to his fate, on his free will. Thus creating a fine line between the monster and the liberator, as in, if he sacirices himself, he shows the monster of their dreams to go to death, the monster who removed himself form their nioghtmares, and thus, he gives the heirs of mankind a future without fear of superstition and boogeyman. I know, it's crap. But the core idea was not too bad.

  • May 3, 2011, 3:29 p.m. CST

    GOOD! LEAVE I AM LEGEND ALONE! YOU DID ENOUGH ALREADY!

    by Dr. Samuel Loomis

  • May 3, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST

    constantine WAS R

    by jules windex

    I haven't watched it in a long time, so I can't say if it was hard R or not, but it wasn't a sanitized PG13. It was an R movie, and a lot of fun.

  • May 3, 2011, 3:42 p.m. CST

    the better I Am Legend ending

    by jules windex

    Is on the dvd. Just watch the film til that point and go watch the deleted ending. I loved that flick but I don't see much point in any sort of "-equel" being done.

  • May 3, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST

    jules windex

    by AsimovLives

    THe Will Smith's delected ending scene... well, it was a "meh" ending, instead of the shitty one they used in the fucking movie.

  • May 3, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Constantine and The Rocketeer had the same problem.

    by Mandolorian

    They came out when better known superhero style movies did. I liked them both, but they didn't stand a chance. I am Legend was good until the pathetic monsters started running around. And Will Smith was a horrible casting choice. I honestly always thought that Harrison Ford would have been better.

  • May 3, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Hey Flax, that alt ending was NOT Matheson's original ending

    by D.Vader

    But it sure was the closest in tone. That said, the official ending made more sense as far as the title is concerned. Neville realizing hes the real monster in the movie alt ending doesn't have the same punch as Matheson's ending, or the official ending where he found a cure. Sadly, the title makes more sense in light of that official conclusion.

  • May 3, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    @asimovlives

    by newc0253

    i concur. whatever the merits of CONSTANTINE as an adaptation, i think it is much underrated as a movie in its own right.<p> and I AM LEGEND is at least one half of an excellent film.<p>

  • May 3, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Constantine works

    by PopcornJockey

    Granted, I didn't have a background in the original comic, so I didn't have any hopes or dreams (or nightmarish visions) to be spoiled. But I went into Constantine expecting not much more than a good popcorn flick, and what I found was a really, really entertaining popcorn flick with several standout moments, decent peformances from the actors, and a good bit of humor. I don't know that it warrants a sequel, but I've watched the original many times and still enjoy the hell out of it.

  • May 3, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Give me Hellblazer

    by oisin5199

    Not Constantine. No Keanu, No Lawrence. Cast a British actor - one that's a bit younger than Sean Pertwee and Tim Roth. Bettany's a bit too creepy. You need one with more charisma and a little better looking (he was modeled after Sting, after all). Set the fucker in London. Don't make him wuss out by being on the patch. As someone said above, don't make him Catholic, don't give him weapons. John only wins the day by sheer bollocks, wit, charm, blood sacrifice, and screwing over his friends. Make Kit the love interest who kicks his ass. Make Chas a hardened London cabbie, not some street urchin like Shia LeBouef. Make it fucked up and dark. Get one of the shitloads of amazing Hellblazer writers to work on the script: Ennis, Ellis, Milligan, Carey, DeLano, the list goes on. Shit, get someone like Matthew Vaughan to direct it.

  • May 3, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    If not Sting...

    by film11

    ...then how about Jude Law. (I'd be up for Paul Bettany, but he just did PRIEST.)

  • May 3, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Test audiences didn't like the ending??

    by Darth Macchio

    [Warning - potential spoilers] They didn't like the ending of "I am Legend" as it was written in the original novel and then put to screen? Really? But yet Frank Darabount made the ending of The Mist the way he did and they accepted that? For the sake of discussion, The Mist was from a short story by Stephen King and ended nothing like the movie version of The Mist. It's ending was basically hopeful whereas the movie's ending was about as bleak an ending as any I've ever seen. Indeed! I've never read nor seen a movie where it seemed like the creators of the film hated their main character so much that they almost destroy 2 hours of build-up just to not only take a huge mean shit on the him at the end but literally put him through the worst 10 minutes that any human being could ever endure without being physically tortured to death, brought back to life, raped by splintery tree monsters, and then tortured to death again. How is it a completely badass ending like we get in Matheson's novel "I am Legend" gets neutered for the screen and yet a hopeful ending in the novel "The Mist" is turned into the biggest "hate it's own hero and make him pay more than anybody has ever paid, more than everybody has ever paid all added together, for simply not waiting 2 more minutes" ending in the movie, that I'm simply unable to respond to that without slapping my forehead so hard I might pass out and drop my brandy. Are these test audiences on any medication? Are they elected? Are they paid? Do they all really, really, really, really hate Thomas Jane but simply don't like their expectations turned upside down, even if arguably telegraphed ahead of time?

  • May 3, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Constantine = Underrated

    by jimmy_009

    I enjoyed it. Never read the comics, so I don't how it compares, but the movie is enjoyable. The only way I'd want a Legend prequel/sequel is if they do the creatures practically. It could have been an amazing movie, but the CG ruined it. Absolutely ruined it, and for no good reason.

  • May 3, 2011, 4:28 p.m. CST

    He's been to hell and back, at least twice. What's left?

    by kabong

    F2F with . . . Almighty . . .

  • The movie had slick visuals, but unfortunately didn't come close to the brilliance of the comic. The depiction of hell was indeed a standout. Djimon Hounsou was a smart casting choice.

  • May 3, 2011, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Sting

    by rahtard

    Why not have him play Constantine since he was the inspiration for the character to begin with.

  • May 3, 2011, 5:15 p.m. CST

    I thought Thomas Jane was the one percieved on the covers?

    by Dr. Samuel Loomis

  • May 3, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST

    The Last Man on Earth

    by pat

    A proper adaptation of I Am Legend was made. It's called The Last Man on Earth. It starred Vincent Price & is almost identical to the book. You can still find it on DVD. I hated the vampires (or whatever they were supposed to be) in I Am Legend. The CGI was terrible. Why were they superstrong & why did they all look identical? It also bugged me that they never knew where he lived. Also, if he's the last human alive in New York, how did he install those steel shutters on his windows by himself? So much of that movie made no sense at all.

  • May 3, 2011, 5:26 p.m. CST

    SEAN BEAN FOR JOHN CONSTANTINE...

    by johnnyrandom

    ...end of.

  • May 3, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    I am Legend would have been brilliant...

    by zinc_chameleon

    had Will Smith's character (Robert Neville) *cured* and *rehabilitated* the vampire girl, and regained his humanity by helping her. Such a script--much closer to Matheson's story--would have ratcheted up the tension, because the girl vampire and the boy vampire really did love each other--and at the end, it would have been the girl vampire--now a Day Walker--who would have walked up the compound in Vermont and asked to enter. The viewer would have been on the edge of their seat right to the credits.

  • May 3, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    he looks like Tom Hollander drinking from the wrong Grail

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

  • May 3, 2011, 6:28 p.m. CST

    David Bowie IS Constantine. Directed by Duncan Jones.

    by voxmortis

    Stat (whatever that means...)

  • May 3, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    They have to bring Stormare back

    by empty_headed_animal

    as Satan. Nobody does creepy/crazy/menacing like Stormare. Oh, and I liked Keanu as John Constantine. There I said it.

  • May 3, 2011, 6:35 p.m. CST

    If Constantine's not gonna be British...

    by RAZ0RBACK

    ...then they could do a lot worse than giving Ed Norton a call.

  • May 3, 2011, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Constantine - love the subject, but the movie didn't quite click

    by SmokingRobot

    It was more of a base hit than a home run, if I may indulge in a sports metaphor.

  • May 3, 2011, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Dominic West from The Wire for Constantine

    by Michael Katz

    The guy can act--he played Jimmy McNulty on the show. And he's a Brit, so he has the accent. Plus he pulls that disheveled look, he wore a trench coat through most of The Wire.

  • May 3, 2011, 7:17 p.m. CST

    One word: Cowboy Bebop

    by thedarklingthrush

    Talking about movies Keanu should do.

  • May 3, 2011, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Constantine II will turn into another Hellboy II

    by Hesiod2k7

    An overwrought piece of shit that over-relied on Jeffrey Fucking Tambor, and a stupid drunk scene.

  • May 3, 2011, 7:27 p.m. CST

    How about Josh Hollway as Constantine?

    by Hesiod2k7

    Lord knows he has the smart-ass part down cold.

  • May 3, 2011, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Constantine...

    by grendel824

    As a huge comic and Hellblazer fan, I still enjoyed the Constantine movie. Considering they got almost every important detail wrong (he should be English, as London is practically a leading character in the series, Chas should be the only friend who ALWAYS lives, etc.), I can still view it as an odd Americanized spin on the source material, sort of a Bizarro-universe version where very entertaining stories can still be told and where some of the important essence of the character can still bleed through, as warped as it may be. I'd completely support the idea of a sequel, though a more faithful version would also be wonderful, and it would work so much better as a TV series - the comic has gone well over 250 issues without ever having a massive drop in quality over many creative teams, which is practically unheard of.

  • May 3, 2011, 8:43 p.m. CST

    MelonMan, I'll answer for Asi- No.

    by D.Vader

    Neville is to be executed that morning. The "happy ending" is that the vampire girl he befriended, who was actually spying on him, gives him pills that either kill him in his sleep before the execution or dull his senses like the French princess wanted to do for Braveheart. I don't remember which.

  • Try 28 Weeks Later. The director had no love or respect for any characater in that movie. It was horrible.

  • May 3, 2011, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Constantine was a damn good movie....

    by Jobacca

    And I understand all the people who were pissed that John wasnt blond and british....but I hate both Keanu Reeves and Shia Labeuf and BOTH of them were pretty good in that movie-I think you can chalk that up to Lawrence. That flick is dripping with atmosphere,and I would LOVE to see an R-rated sequel. Sadly,I had heard that Watchmen had killed any and all R-rated superhero flick coming out of Warner Bros,but hopefully someone involved gets their head outta their arse and makes it happen.

  • May 3, 2011, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Enjoyed Constantine as well. Not a fan of the "twin is dead" bullshit

    by Larry Sellers

    It always seems like a cop out when a character has a dead twin. That's nitpicking, though. It was a decent movie. Excellent visuals, some great supporting actors in Swinton, Stormare, and Labeouf, and Keanu really did fine as an American John Constantine. But it could've been better. And I'd prefer if they did they next film as a straight adaptation of the character. Only thing is that the first movie already took the best parts of the introductory stories...but there's MORE than plenty of stuff to pull from the books. This is one case where I'd prefer the reboot.

  • May 3, 2011, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Constantine as HBO series

    by Green

    Base it on the comics. There's far more character and interesting plotlines. Cast Tom Hardy as Constantine. Don't let Akiva Goldsman anywhere frickin' near it.

  • May 3, 2011, 10:11 p.m. CST

    If Not Tim Roth...

    by MakNeil

    then Jude Law would be frakin' awesome. He would be an awesome John Constantine.

  • May 3, 2011, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Re: thedarklingthrush

    by MakNeil

    And Keanu should stay far, far away from Cowboy Bebop. Perhaps when he was younger he would have made a good Moogin (I think that that's how it's spelled) but now, not so much. They need a younger (a much younger) actor.

  • May 3, 2011, 10:45 p.m. CST

    by doopey

    First half of "I Am Legend" was good. All that stuff of him running around by himself with the dog was compelling. It's when he really starts to engage the "vampires" and he finds that other family that it loses its way.

  • May 3, 2011, 11:28 p.m. CST

    i support R rated Constantine

    by gk1

    i dont even care much for Keanu & DEFINITELY dont like shia, but that movie was freaking AWESOME.

  • May 4, 2011, 12:10 a.m. CST

    Franceis Lawrence looks old

    by zyzy_b

    To be 41 old he looks old as shit..

  • May 4, 2011, 3:38 a.m. CST

    mr ahole ramirez

    by palimpsest

    You might also want to read "The Spear" by James Herbert.

  • May 4, 2011, 3:46 a.m. CST

    My opinion

    by MorganLeafy

    The only thing I remember from Constantine is that it looked good but in the end was one big missed opportunity. That watered-down Matrix-type action scene was really weak I am legend however was surprisingly good. It was emotionally and intellectually engaging and Will Smith kept his acting restrained for once. Also, I do not understand the discussion about the ending. Surely the ending in the movie is more pessimistic and realistic than the alternate ending?

  • May 4, 2011, 4:06 a.m. CST

    Last Man on Earth legally available on youtube.

    by Shan

    Vincent Price's 'Last Man on Earth' is legally available on youtube as it's now public domain. You can see the whole thing there.

  • May 4, 2011, 7:13 a.m. CST

    newc0253

    by AsimovLives

    I AM LEGEND is half of a good movie (excelent is pushing it). The good half is all the parts in the voei where it's clear it was the result of the efforts of the director to raise up and elevate the material that was handled to him. The shitty part of the movie has all to do with screenwriter Hackiva Goldsman and producer Fresh Prince Big Willy Smith's contributions to the movie. And unfortunatly, in the end of the day, the crap part wins over the good stuff. The movie I AM LEGEND is a valiant effort from a talented director to try to make a good movie of what he was given... and failing. But he gets props, points and kudos for effort. I AM LEGEND is one of those rare bad movies where i can tell that the director was not the one who fucked it up.

  • May 4, 2011, 7:19 a.m. CST

    popcornjockey

    by AsimovLives

    Your attitude and final opinion of CONSTANTINE totally mirros mine. COSNTANTINE also did something else for me: It made me notic what areally good actress Rachael Weisz is. Maybe i should had realised that much earlier and onother better mvoies she had made in the past, but truth be told, i knew her mostly from her blockbuster and holywood works. She migth have made very godo work in british movies earlier, but i had not been privy to them, so i had no knowledge. But in CONSTANTINE she really showed off her considerable acting talent. And looked hot like hell! As for Tilda Swindon, what else is there to say about her? She's a fantastic actress who I already knew her work from her british movies career, but it seems many people in here only got a chance to know this fantastic actress from COSNTANTINE and later the Narnia movies. Well, thank goodness that happened. She is fantastic and too good to be ignorared by mainstream audiences.

  • May 4, 2011, 7:31 a.m. CST

    I Own a Shit-Ton of Hellblazer Comics

    by Autodidact

    I have probably spent $400 on Hellblazer comics over the past 15+ years. Maybe more considering I bought about half of the stuff as back issues, above cover price.. back when people did such things before every comic was reprinted in a nice trade paperback. I have bought many of the trades from the last decade of Hellblazer, and I gotta say it's extremely hit and miss. Like all comic titles, it's mostly down to the creative team and the Garth Ennis + Steve Dillon years are almost perfect. I prefer their Hellblazer stuff to virtually all of Preacher. And I love Preacher. There's great stuff in the pre-Ennis years, but the art and colouring makes it really painful to read those stories now. Much of the pre-Vertigo issues of Hellblazer have art and colouring that honestly offends my eyes. A few of the arcs post-Ennis have been great, but I'd say 2/3 of them have sucked and some to the point where I just stopped reading them. The movie from my POV got more right than wrong. I would be all for a harder-edged sequel from the same creative team. Drop the emphasis on gadgets and show John using some subtle dark magic. One of my favourite Constantine stories is one called Hard Time, where he goes to jail and ends up basically turning the place into hell on earth in order to get out. But he does it subtly and without needing some kind of expensive prop. That story could serve as the kick-ass opening or middle segment to a hard-edged Constantine movie.

  • May 4, 2011, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Constantine isn't Hellblazer

    by DannyOcean01

    Because Hellblazer could only work as a TV show where the subtle magic and trickster ways of Constantine can be emphasised over gloss and overblown setpieces. Saying that, the setpieces they had in Constantine were surprisingly dark and quirky. The opening exorcism, the bug man, Swinton as Gabriel (which just feels like another movie entirely) were all standouts.

  • May 4, 2011, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Rivers Edge 2

    by MoneyGrabSequel

    Now that's what I want to Keanu do. I know they could get Crispen Glover and Inoe Skye. Who doesn't want a follow up of those f'ed up characters 25 years later? Box office gold right there.

  • May 4, 2011, 9:53 a.m. CST

    I loved Constantine...

    by kidicarus

    Thank God I never even heard of Hellblazer before it came out so it wasn't ruined by already knowing what it was supposed to be. There is a very subtle creepiness throughout the film that is unsettling. And then the background stuff like the K-LOVE poster, "Got Jesus?" billboard, etc. as God's influence throughout the movie...very good detail.

  • May 4, 2011, 10:34 a.m. CST

    mr ahole ramirez

    by AsimovLives

    Keep working on your project and don't let the fact another movie used that prop to detrer you. Consider this: i would watch that movie from your screenplay. So get bitching!

  • May 4, 2011, 10:36 a.m. CST

    morganleafy

    by AsimovLives

    I think only people who never read the book could mistake the movie I AM LEGEND for anything intellectually engaging. If that movie spured your mind, then your brain wille xplode if you read the book. But really, since when a script writen by Akiva Goldsman can be intellectually engaging? Never happens.

  • May 4, 2011, 10:47 a.m. CST

    melonman

    by AsimovLives

    It's infered in the novel that Neville will kill himself in his cell with the poisoned pills that the vampyre women who befriended smuggled in. He looks outide the window and helped with what she had said, has a revelation of sorts: that he's the boggeyman now, he's the monster, and the vampyres are now the normal human beings. He understands now that, regardles if he lives or dies, he now has became a legend, a figure of myth for the vampyres, the monster that killed them in their sleep, like the monsters and vampyres of old where to the humans. He kills himself mroe to savew himself from the ritualistic torture that most certainly would befall him before his execution. The title in the novel makes a lot of sense. The way they justified the title in the move was complete bogus and completly missed the point.

  • May 4, 2011, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Keanu said he'd like to do another "Constantine"

    by leo54304

    Only part that pissed me off was the crucifix crossbow but other than that it was an enjoyable introduction to the world of Constantine. Loved the scene early on when Constantine did the exorcism and got in the demons face about who the demon was facing: "I'm John Constantine motherfucker!!"

  • May 4, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Akiva Goldsman

    by MorganLeafy

    Has written a couple of crap movies, but also enjoyable ones. Anyway, we've been over this. By that logic you should hate TDK since it was written by a guy with such gems as 'KickBoxer 2'and 'Jumper' under his belt.

  • May 4, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST

    TDK

    by AsimovLives

    What? TDK was writen by Christopher and Jonathan Nolan, man!

  • May 4, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST

    morganleafy

    by AsimovLives

    What? TDK was writen by Christopher and Jonathan Nolan, man!

  • May 4, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    He worked on the story

    by MorganLeafy

    he DID do a lot of work for the movie. Also it doesn't change my point.

  • May 4, 2011, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Loved the ending of the Mist

    by Hipshot

    Much more optimistic than the story. Story ends with the world possibly ended. Movie ends with the world o.k., but the lead character fucked up. Works for me!

  • May 4, 2011, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Constantine and I Am Legend were both horrible.

    by BigTuna

    No more films please.

  • Both those movies sucked big time.....I mean BIG time... why even run a story about that director... no one cares....and Will Smith?? Will Smith you ask??? Well he has yet to be in a movie that's remotely good, all the movies he's been in suck big.... I mean BIG. Will Smith is the Paris Hilton of movies, I just can't figure out why he's famous and Francise Laurence...who cares???? They both ruined I Am Legend, now I have to wait 20 years for someone to adapt that book to the screen properly.....and MTV???? MTV you ask!!!! Don't get me started.. I just wish that MTV and the E! Channel would just fade to black forever they're dumbing down America.

  • That and apparently it's an alternate future too since Tower Records/ Tower Video went out of Business in 2006 and the store was closed in early 2007, yet apparently was still open prior to the plague. Just an odd detail that nobody outside of NYC would know

  • May 7, 2011, 8:57 p.m. CST

    larry sellers

    by grendel824

    Um... you do realize that John Constantine himself has a dead twin in the series, right? I get what you're saying, though.