Wanted 2 Back On; Director Says It Will Be "Shocking"
06.18.12 by Ryan
Back in 2008, comic book adaptation Wanted was a runaway success, earning an unexpected $341 million worldwide. Soon after, reports pointed to a Wanted trilogy, with various opinions offered about what to do about Angelina Jolie's character, Fox, who sadly didn't survive the original movie. Director Timur Bekmambetov thought he could bring Fox back from the dead, but Jolie didn't want to return, which put the sequel on hold. Comic book co-creator Mark Millar suggested moving on without Jolie, which is where the sequel essentially stood until Universal brought in Wanted screenwriters Michael Brandt and Derek Haas to pen a sequel last September.
Since then, there's been no news of a potential Wanted 2, perhaps because the studio or Bekmambetov (or both) weren't happy with the direction of the sequel's story. However, in a recent interview with The Playlist, Bekmambetov explained that he finally figured out what he wanted to do next.
An unbelievable thing happened three weeks ago. Because we stopped, we didn't know what to do for three or four years. Three weeks ago I came up with a great idea and I pitched this idea and everybody fell in love with it. And now I think we're on track. Right now the writer is working on the script, and it will be shocking.
Considering Universal had brought back both original writers last fall, what "writer" Bekmambetov is referring to is unknown. Perhaps he meant "writers" or maybe a new writer has been hired instead. Either way, the story doesn't sound too different from what Haas described last September, which would apparently "pick up Wesley (James McAvoy) a few years later and go back in for another round." All that Bekmambetov has added is a "twist."
It's a continuation of the story, with Wesley Gibson. Other people are dead, you know, we can't bring them back. The story is the same character, same mythology, but it's got a great twist.
Bekmambetov is most likely referring to Jolie in the "people" who "are dead," hinting that there will be resurrection of her character. However, the "twist" he mentions is not known. So, for now, Wanted fans will have to be content with the news that a sequel is in the works yet again.