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[01.03.2005] Blickpunkt:Film meldet...
[...] Das zweitbeste Wochenendeinspiel am internationalen Boxoffice erzielte Constantine , der es in 25 Territorien auf 18,6 Mio. Dollar brachte und damit insgesamt bei 53,5 Mio. Dollar steht. In Australien schaffte der Film auf Anhieb den Sprung an die Spitze der Charts und verbuchte dort mit einem Einspiel von 2,4 Mio. Dollar mehr als die Hälfte des Boxoffice der Top Fünf. [...]

[25.02.2005] Spiegel Online titelt "Fegefeuer der Nichtigkeiten"...

[22.02.2005] Bei DH gibt es eine Kritik von Garth (3/5)... Und HollywoodReporter.com meldet...
[...] Across town at Warners, executives were likewise upbeat about the debut of "Constantine." "Considering that this was an unknown quantity, we're obviously really pleased with the results and look forward to the sequel," president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman said. [...]

[21.02.2005] Blickpunkt:Film meldet...
[...] "Constantine", in etwa 500 Kinos weniger zu sehen als "Hitch", kam mit soliden 30,5 Mio. Dollar auf Platz zwei [...]

[19.02.2005] Bei AICN gibt es mehrere Kritiken...

[18.02.2005] Bei AICN gibt es eine weitere Kritik...
[...] Overall, I'd have to say I was genuinely impressed with nearly every aspect of CONSTANTINE. Some parts are jaw-droppingly great; some, not so much. But I can't think of any part of the film I found outright awful, and that's saying something at this time of year. Now give me an advance screening of SIN CITY so I can die a happy comic book fan.

[17.02.2005] Heute startet "Constantine" in den deutschen Kinos... Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik... Und CS! sprach mit Shia LaBeouf und Gavin Rossdale...

[12.02.2005] Bei Latino Review gibt es ein Interview mit Keanu Reeves... Und bei MTV.com gibt es ein paar Ausschnitte aus dem Film...

[09.02.2005] Bei AICN gibt es Kritiken... Und bei Moviehole gibt es ein Interview mit Tilda Swinton...

[08.02.2005] Bei Moviehole gibt es ein Interview mit Shia LaBeouf... Und bei Apple.com gibt es den "Super Bowl" TV-Spot...

[01.02.2005] Bei Moviehole gibt es ein Interview mit Rachel Weisz...

[31.01.2005] IESB sprach mit Keanu Reeves über ein mögliches Sequel, welches er gerne drehen würde... Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik...
[...] It was better than expected, but it could have been so much better. If I'd gone to a bargain showing looking for a couple hours entertainment and an excuse to eat popcorn, I wouldn't have been completely cheated, but I've had to pay for some true dogs. It was better by far than League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and From Hell, also both based on Alan Moore's comics, but it wasn't the John Constantine I know, except in flashes. The cinematography is trying for artistic but occasionally it tries so hard it's very obtrusive. [...]

[26.01.2005] Bei Moviehole gibt es eine Kritik...
[...] Unfortunately, the script is so unfocused that it hurts what this film trying to accomplish and the dialog itself lacks conviction for the material itself. The climax of the film is a major letdown because it just takes all the serious aspects of the film and just tosses them out in favor of a brief Matrix like a gunfight that undercuts the movie’s tone and an incoherent ending that leaves more questions than answers. [...]

[25.01.2005] Bei AICN gibt es eine positive Kritik... Und bei Blackfilm.com gibt es - neben altbekannten - ein paar neue Szenenbilder...

[31.12.2004] Bei Moviehole gibt es eine kurze Kritik...

[29.12.2004] FreezeDriedMovies.com berichtet über ein mögliches Sequel... SPOILER !!!
[...] Keanu tells Wizard Magazine, "There's a showdown scene where Constanine meets the forces of darkness who are planning to make Hell on Earth, and he battle using the Holy Shotgun. There's also quite an interesting scene between John and Satan, which is good fun."
When asked about a sequel Keanu replied, "I have no idea, man. Hopefully, we captured the spirit of it [in this film] and did it in a way that people who really like the material will be happy with, because the story is so great." [...]


[13.12.2004] Bei MyMovies.net gibt es einen neuen "Constantine" Trailer...

[24.11.2004] SHH! hat 25 Minuten des Films gesehen und kommentiert...
[...] Probably the best thing about the footage is that we see Keanu Reeves playing Constantine a lot looser than he did Neo in "The Matrix" movies. The cynical humor of the characters suits him better than one might expect, and he doesn't seem to be taking himself quite as seriously.
Overall, the movie looks quite good. It's darker, moodier and more character-driven than most comic book based movies--some scenes even looked like they were an attempt to create film noir-- but there is a good amount of action and scares to keep things from getting boring. It's hard to determine how the story might play out because the sequences were so short, making it hard to get into the mood, but the effects and action look solid, and it should make the movie an entertaining experience even to those unfamiliar to the character.


[20.11.2004] Bei AICN gibt es eine weitere Kritik zu einer Testvorführung...

[19.11.2004] Bei AICN gibt es Kritiken zu einer Testvorführung... SPOILER !!!

[15.11.2004] Bei Moviehole gibt es eine Kritik zu einer Testvorführung...

[27.07.2004] Bei Latino Review gibt es ein Poster mit Bildern aus dem Film...

[25.07.2004] Bei AICN gibt es einen Bericht über die Szenen, die auf der San Diego Comic-Con gezeigt wurden... SPOILER !!!

[29.06.2004] Bei AICN und SHH! gibt es Kurzkritiken zur ersten Testvorführung...
[...] The story was absolutely fabulous, it was great. I have only read Hellblazer a couple of times and they tweaked the character I know only slightly. He isn't British but he is a chain smoker, with a huge chip on his shoulder. The story dragged a little bit in the middle but we were asked our opinions so it is possible that they may change it still. [...]

[17.05.2004] Der "Constantine" Teaser-Trailer ist online !!!

[27.04.2004] Die Offizielle Website enthüllt das "Constantine"-Logo...

[23.03.2004] Bei IGN FilmForce gibt es einen bebilderten Set-Bericht...

[05.03.2004] Darf man AICN Glauben schenken, dann hat "Hellblazer"-Schöpfer Alan Moore sich vollends von dem Film abgewandt... Er will definitiv nicht (!) namentlich erwähnt werden !!!

[21.02.2004] Bei SHH! gibt es Bilder vom Set... Und bei DH gibt es einen Set-Bericht, inkl. Interviews mit Keanu Reeves und Francis Lawrence...

[08.01.2004] Bei CS! gibt es ein neues Szenenbild !!!

[24.12.2003] CS! meldet...
Peter Stormare will play Satan in Warner Bros. Pictures' Constantine. Satan is the arch-enemy of mystical troubleshooter John Constantine, played by Keanu Reeves.
Constantine is a man who dabbles in the occult and teams with a female police officer to fight evil forces. Rachel Weisz will play Angela, the cop who becomes involved with Constantine when her twin sister dies in a mysterious suicide. Swinton will play Gabriel, a rogue angel battling Constantine. Rossdale will play Balthazar, a nemesis of Reeves' character, while Hounsou will star as Papa Midnite, the owner of an occult club who was once a demon fighter like Constantine but is now trying to get out of the business. [...]


[18.12.2003] Bei LifePress.com gibt es Bilder vom Set...

[16.12.2003] Bei SHH! gibt es einen Set-Bericht, inkl. Interview mit Keanu Reeves... SPOILER !!!
[...] There's a lot of CG stuff in this. Have you seen any concept art of the demons?
They're really cool actually. They've got half their skull cut off, so they've taken out kind of the seat of the soul, and with that, no eyes and the skull is open and yet they have these long limbs and they're quite humanoid and yet the whole seat of the soul has been removed and yet they have this... the Ceplavites themselves can fly and they can kind of smell and attack and they're part of the motif of devouring the damned and yet they have no feet. So they can fly but they can't rest and so even the demons are tortured and they have nothing but their desire. So that's a cool kind of concept, I thought. [...]


[28.11.2003] DH meldet...
Lauren-Shuler Donner spoke about the "Hellblazer" adaptation to Yahoo and confirms the character's famous bad attitude seems to have remained intact in the film incarnation - "It's extremely close in spirit. John Constantine is a really unique character because he walks the line between good and bad, between hell and heaven. He doesn't care if he's liked".

[13.11.2003] SF Wire zitiert die Produzentin Lauren Shuler-Donner...
[...] "It's not an origin story of the character," played by Keanu Reeves, Donner said in an interview while promoting her next movie, Timeline. "It's 'Dangerous Habits,' if you know the Hellblazer [series]."
"Dangerous Habits," the 1994 graphic novel by Irish writer Garth Ennis, focuses on John Constantine, a magician faced with death from lung cancer, who finds himself straddling the line between life and death, heaven and hell. "We're filming," Donner said. "We're about a third into it. It's come along great. And it'll be out next year, probably, well, at the moment, September."
Donner added, "We're shooting in L.A. A lot at Warner Brothers. A lot downtown. Two weeks we're in Long Beach. And we're trying to stay as true to the comic as we can, though it's an obscure comic. Not many people know Hellblazer. And it's coming along well. We have a new director named Francis Lawrence, who's just doing a great job. We're very lucky, because he understands actors and understands the importance of telling a story, and not just the visuals. And yet it's going to be very stylish."


[30.10.2003] Bei SHH! gibt es Bilder vom Set...

[14.10.2003] Bei Straight to Hell gibt es erste Bilder von Keanu Reeves als Constantine !!!

[13.09.2003] DH meldet...
The Garth Ennis storyline with the three lords of Hell seems to be the basis for the "Hellblazer" adaptation according to recent casting notes.

[04.09.2003] SHH! meldet...
Superhero Hype! has learned that Akiva Goldsman (Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, "A Beautiful Mind") is doing revisions to the Constantine script, originally written by Kevin Brodbin.
Production on the Hellblazer adaptation will begin this month. The Warner Bros. project stars Keanu Reeves as John Constantine, a man who dabbles in the occult and teams with a female police officer to fight evil forces. Rachel Weisz will play Angela, the cop who becomes involved with Constantine when her twin sister dies in a mysterious suicide. Swinton plays Gabriel, a rogue angel battling Constantine.
The feature is directed by Francis Lawrence. It was previously reported that Mark Bomback and Frank Cappello did rewrites of Brodbin's script, though our source did not indicate if those drafts would be used.


[01.08.2003] Moviehole sprach mit dem SFX-Guru Stan Winston...
[...] "Right now, I’m in the middle of working on a wonderful movie over at Columbia - with Laura Ziskin, who did "Spider-Man", called "Constantine", based on a comic called "Hellblazer". I can’t say too much, because of a confidentially agreement I have with them, but the script is wonderful and we’re working on some great character designs for it", says Winston. [...]

[25.06.2003] Bei IGN FilmForce gibt es detaillierte Infos zu Teilen des Plots... Vorsicht SPOILER !!!

[13.06.2003] FilmJerk meldet, dass derzeit nach der weiblichen Hauptrolle gesucht wird...
[...] In "Constantine," the central character is a world-traveling man with occult powers who investigates supernatural mysteries, often walking a thin line between evil and good. In the film, he will be paired with a detective named Angela, who is described by casting agents as a "beautiful, intelligent and strong detective in her mid 20's to mid 30's." She is imbued with more than just instinct and seems to be in the right place at the right time where her perps are concerned.
Angela meets Constantine in an effort to enlist his help in tracking down her twin sister's murderer, even though initially it seems like a suicide. She is deeply religious and becomes very concerned when it seems that supernatural forces are involved in her sister's death. Through this journey, she realizes just how strong she is without having to be so tough. The casting call makes it a point to note that they are looking for Hispanic and African-American actresses for this role. [...]


[22.05.2003] MTV.com sprach mit Keanu Reeves...
Keanu Reeves' next action hero won't have Neo's steady Zen-like calm, but it was the fiery passion that made the role of Hellblazer so attractive, according to the "Matrix" star.
"[It's] his anger. He's angry, but he's got a good heart," Reeves said recently of the comic book badass, whose real name is John Constantine.
In the "Hellblazer" comic, which is aimed at a savvy adult audience, Constantine is an Englishman with occult powers who is both a liar and a cheat and yet nevertheless often prone to doing the right thing.
Reeves said he hopes to get moving on the big-screen adaptation, which will be called simply "Constantine," as soon as September. Warner Bros. has long labored to get the DC/Vertigo comic into theaters, with Nicolas Cage at one time attached to the role before Reeves landed the job. The film will mark the feature film debut of video director Francis Lawrence, whose résumé includes clips for Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and P.O.D. (see "VMA Lens Recap: The Story Behind P.O.D.'s 'Alive'").
Constantine was created in the pages of "Swamp Thing" by comic book visionary Alan Moore, whose "From Hell" was the basis for a 2001 thriller starring Johnny Depp and Heather Graham. Moore's "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" is also getting the big-screen treatment, with a film version starring Sean Connery due later this summer.
Before he slips into Hellblazer's trench coat, Reeves will finish work on a currently untitled project with writer/director Nancy Meyers ("What Women Want"), co-starring Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton and Jon Favreau ("Swingers"). Production started on the film in February, with the film's producers eyeing a December 2003 release.
"Constantine" is tentatively scheduled for summer 2004.


[07.05.2003] Phantastik.de meldete kürzlich...
Lauren Shuler Donner (produzierte "X-Men") hat in einem Interview gemeint, dass der Film "Constantine", der auf dem Vertigo-Comic "John Constantine: Hellblazer" basiert, nicht wie "X-Men" werden wird.
Der Film werde duesterer als die "X-Men" und eine Herausforderung, weil dieser Comic nicht allzusehr bekannt sei. Laut "SF-Wire" wird Francis Lawrence die Regie uebernehmen, Keanu Reeves soll nun angeblich tatsaechlich die Hauptfigur spielen!


[25.11.2002] CHUD meldete kürzlich...
Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, who recently left his job as Warner Bros VP, hasn't been resting. He has been setting up projects, the description of one of which in Variety confused the hell out of me. [...] He is also producing two movies for Warners: Doom, based on the video game, and Constantine. Now here's where I get really confused: we were all pretty certain that this movie was an adaptation of the Hellblazer comic, starring the mystic detective John Constantine. So why does the usually reliable Variety list the movie as "an epic drama about the Roman emperor that has garnered Keanu Reeves' interest."
Is this just an error? Or is there hope that the reports of Lauren Shuler Donner talking to Keanu Reeves to play the English character based on a young Sting are untrue?


[10.10.2002] Hollywood Reporter meldet...
Video director Francis Lawrence is in negotiations to make his feature directorial debut on "Constantine," an adaptation of the DC-Vertigo comic book "Hellblazer," starring Keanu Reeves in the title role. "Hellblazer" is described as "Dirty Harry" set in the occult world. Reeves will star as John Constantine, a man who dabbles in the occult and teams with a female police officer to fight evil forces. Kevin Brodbin ("The Glimmer Man") wrote the original script, with a rewrite by Mark Bomback and Frank Cappello. Lauren Shuler Donner is producing the project with former worldwide production president Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Akiva Goldsman.

[09.10.2002] Bei TNMC gibt es ein recht negatives Script-Review...

[24.09.2002] Darkworlds hat in Erfahrung gebracht, dass der Musikvideo-Regisseur Francis Lawrence Regie führen wird...
[...] Lawrence has directed such recent videos as Will Smith's BLACK SUITS COMING (NOD YA HEAD) (featured on the MIB II soundtrack), Pink’s JUST LIKE A PILL and Goo Goo Dolls’ HERE IS GONE. In the past, Lawrence has helmed videos for acts as varied as Incubus, Britney Spears, Aerosmith and Lauryn Hill. Lawrence has won several MTV Video Music Awards and was nominated for a Grammy. The American Music Video Producers Association named him Director of the Year for 2002. [...]

[11.09.2002] Phantastik.de meldet...
Geruechteweise soll Keanu Reeves fuer die Rolle in der "Hellblazer"-Adaption "Constantine" im Gespraech sein, die Nicolas Cage nach einigem hin und her aufgegeben hatte berichtet "Comics2Film".

[01.07.2002] Superhero Hype! meldet...
"Constantine": The light on this film went from green to red after "The Cell" director Tarsem dropped out of the project (a move that inspired dueling lawsuits from Tarsem and Warners, both of which have since been settled). Nicolas Cage was to star in the comicbook adaptation; the current star candidate is "Matrix" hero Keanu Reeves, but no deal can be made until a new director is nailed.

[29.04.2002] Hollywood Reporter meldet...
A dispute between Tarsem Singh, the video director who made his feature film debut with "The Cell," and Warner Bros., over the proposed motion picture "Constantine," a potential starring vehicle for Nicolas Cage based on the DC-Vertigo comic book, "Hellblazer," has resulted in dueling lawsuits filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. Tarsem, who was brought on board to develop the picture in January 2001, left the project a year later after the director and studio reached an impasse over the script and budget. On Feb. 1, Warner Bros. filed a complaint against Tarsem and his Oedipus Productions requesting the court order arbitration of the dispute and, in the alternative, seeking damages. Warners contended that Tarsem failed to live up to the terms of a Sept. 6, 2001, loan-out agreement for his directing services and was in breach of contract for telling the studio in January that he was abandoning the picture. In a cross-complaint filed Friday, Tarsem, who was to have been paid $25,000 to develop the project and $2 million to direct it, claimed that the studio "baited (him) with false promises, usurped his creative rights (rights guaranteed under the DGA Agreement), and then, in an ultimate irony, sued him for millions for allegedly failing to do exactly that which they prevented him from doing."

[16.01.2002] Hollywood Reporter meldet...
Tarsem, the single-monikered director, will no longer helm Warner Bros.' "Constantin," based on the DC-Vertigo comic book "Hellblazer." The director stepped down from the project because of what sources say were budgetary reasons. It is unclear if the film's star, Nicolas Cage, remains on board the project. Calls to the film's producers at the Donners Co. and Cage's reps at CAA were not returned by press time.

[22.12.2001] Bei AICN gibt es eine negative Drehbuch-Kritik...
[...] First of all, Constantine is now American, [...] It also takes place in LA--big surprise--and has something to do with the devil coming back and trying to get the Spear of Destiny.
Not ten pages into this pile of Taliban pus, Constantine coughs, so, according to the rules of the movies, he's got cancer. Now, I'm thinking this could be the cool storyline where Connie gets sick and barters his soul to a bunch of demons and, through trickery and subterfuge, makes himself immortal to stave off a war between heaven and hell. Nope. Instead, we get car chases, c-level Ghostbuster shtick, and absolutely, positively nothing we haven't seen in forty-five other shitty movies.
They're already casting the rest of the parts, so there's not much chance anyone with half-a-brain will be rewriting the thing. If you're a Hellblazer fan, go out and get the collections and stay the hell away from this thing.


[11.12.2001] Cindy Perlman sprach mit Produzent Akiva Goldsmith über Nicolas Cages Rolle...
"In a nutshell, Nick is a guy who went to hell, comes back and fights demons. [...] No, he's not a human torch [...] He finds himself in conflict with agents of darkness called the First of the Fallen. The movie is about how good and evil work like the gears in a clock." Cage will not play a big muscle-bound superhero. "He wears a cool trench coat and fights evil using his head, his heart and his emotional unavailability."

[25.10.2001] Blickpunkt:Film berichtet...
"Nicolas Cage wird in dem Warner-Thriller "Constantine" die Hauptrolle spielen. Die Regie bei der Adaption des DC-Vertigo-Comics "Hellblazer" übernimmt Tarsem Singh ("The Cell"). "Constantine" erzählt die Geschichte des Okkultfanatikers John Constantine, der sich zusammen mit einer Polizistin auf die Jagd nach Teufeln und Dämonen macht. Das Originaldrehbuch zu der Comicverfilmung stammt von Kevin Brodbin ("Glimmer Man"), Mark Bomback und Frank Cappello haben das Skript überarbeitet. Donners Company, das gemeinsame Unternehmen von Regisseur Richard Donner und Produzentin Lauren Shuler-Donner, wird den Film produzieren. Im März 2002 sollen die Dreharbeiten beginnen."

[26.01.2001] IGN FilmForce berichtet, dass Tarsem ("The Cell") bei "Constantine" Regie führen wird... Nicolas Cage wird bereits für die Hauptrolle gehandelt, obwohl auch Sting Interesse an der Rolle hat... Die "Hellblazer"-Fans kritisieren das Drehbuch...
[...] The changing of the character's background to American from British is already causing dissent from the fans, who are familiar with a character that rose out of a working class English background and the '80s punk scene. [...]

[28.11.2000] Phantastik.de berichtet...
Die Produzentin Lauren Shuler-Donner ("X-Men") hat in einem Interview gesagt, dass ein Realfilm zum Comic "Hellblazer" in Arbeit sei. Laut "Comics2Film" wird sie den Film mitproduzieren, ein Regisseur steht derzeit noch nicht fest. Das Drehbuch schreibt derzeit am Drehbuch, die Produktion soll noch in diesem Jahr starten.


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