Wanted 2 in the Works (Again)
09.28.11 by Ryan
Wanted impressed at the box office when it first opened, so much so that there was instantly talk of turning the movie into a trilogy. That was in 2008.
Three years later, and with Angelina Jolie admitting that she is not interested in having her character brought back from the dead, progress has slowed. In April, James McAvoy, who played office-worker-turned-assassin Wesley, said that he didn't think a sequel was likely, while, a year ago, comic book co-creator Mark Millar concurred, admitting that "if it happens, great" but that "if it doesn’t, I’m not bothered." Those aren't words that get fans confident for a Wanted 2, but now they can be.
The Wrap reports that Universal has hired back Wanted screenwriters Michael Brandt and Derek Haas for the sequel, a fact they learned when Haas revealed it. "We just always loved the Wanted world and loved working with Universal and [director] Timur [Bekmambetov] on the first one, so we're excited," Haas told the site, noting that Bekmambetov is not confirmed to return. "He's a busy guy."
As for what Wanted 2 will be about, the sequel is "going to take off after the events of what just happened," said Haas. "Pick up Wesley (McAvoy) a few years later and go back in for another round." Haas gave away more details via Twitter.
To answer 2 questions I've been asked today: our draft of W2 will be Fox-less and Loom-less.
"Fox" refers to Jolie's character, while the "Loom" he mentions is the Look of Fate, a mystical device that reveals the targets to the assassins.
With Millar only writing one series of Wanted comic books, Haas and Brandt won't have to worry about adapting the comic books and can't pretty much write whatever story they (and the studio) want. Hopefully, they will come up with something worthy of the original.