THQ Possesses Constantine Rights

Video game maker THQ has been granted North American publishing rights to Constantine, Warner Bros.’ upcoming DC Comics adaptation starring Keanu Reeves. The exclusive agreement was signed with U.K. game publisher SCi Entertainment Group and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The game is scheduled to be released for PlayStation 2 and Xbox in February 2005, in conjunction with the film’s theatrical debut.

Based on the DC Comics/Vertigo Hellblazer graphic novels, Constantine is a supernatural thriller that centers on John Constantine (Reeves), a man who has literally been to hell and back. When he teams up with skeptical policewoman Angela Dodson (Rachel Weisz) to investigate the mysterious suicide of her twin sister, they are plunged into a world of demons and angels that exists just beneath the landscape of contemporary Los Angeles.

The video game will closely follow the events in the film, allowing gamers to play as Constantine in third-person mode. Gameplay will shift between the planes of Earth and “Hell L.A.,” introducing terrifying enemies from the movie as well as new baddies created for the game. Adding to the creep fun is an arsenal of horrific artifacts including The Crucifier, the Holy Shotgun and the Shroud of Moses.