Mark Millar Explains How Wanted 2 Will Move On Without Jolie
Posted 03.26.10 by Ryan
When Angelina Jolie decided against appearing in Wanted 2 the project was seemingly scrapped. Wanted creator Mark Millar disagreed, claiming that the sequel would continue without Jolie. Millar continues to think that it was a great move to kill off Jolie, telling MTV in a recent interview that "it was so ballsy to kill off the one person you didn't expect to die." Millar also revealed that the way for Wanted 2 to move on after Jolie is to replace her.
What they're talking about is just moving on with the story and doing it properly. Just bringing in another cool character as this world opens up with all the different fraternities out there all across the world. This could change at any moment, but the last I heard two weeks ago, was that was the plan moving forward.
While the movie version of Wanted strays significantly from the source material — especially in the last third of the movie — Millar says he isn't bothered by the creative license taken with his comic books.
The way I look at it is, Raymond Chandler has a brilliant quote about his adaptations where he said, "No matter what they do to the movies, it doesn't change the book on my shelf." And primarily I'm a comic guy. People say, "Oh, you're going to go off and work in Hollywood" [and] I'm like, "Not really, no." It's a nice little extra job, but really I'm a comic book guy. I always say to people, I didn't get into it to get out of it. This was my dream job as a kid. So if they make movies of the stuff — brilliant. And if it's great movies, fantastic. I'm not precious about it. As long as the movie's good, that's my criteria.
Wanted 2 is reportedly going into production sometime this year with a projected 2011 release date, though Millar has admitted that production plans change "every day." Director Timur Bekmambetov and James McAvoy are expected to return.