Mark Millar Defends Writer Hired For ‘Wanted 2′

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 7:31 am,

wanted Mark Millar Defends Writer Hired For Wanted 2Last week, we reported Evan Spiliotopoulos was set to write Wanted 2–the other comic book movie. Yeah, you read that right, the writer who wrote Pooh’s Heffalump Movie and The Nutty Professor is writing the sequel to last year’s just-above-average summer “blockbuster.” Mark Millar, graphic novel creator and producer of the sequel, tried to quiet concerns but the Spiliotopoulos’ repertoire speaks for itself.

Millar, opting to create a story with producers instead of writing another comic book, had a number of comments on his message board regarding the issue. He had this to say in response:

“Never listen to any commentators as they never know anything about who’s coming back, etc. It’s just speculation and 99% of the time these guys don’t have access to the people who know. ‘Wanted 2′ is being made in a very tight circle at the moment.”

Looks like he had to crack the whip and put his ducks in a row. He also shared his thoughts on the sequel.

“As a producer on the thing, I’m excited. I know who’s in it and after doing 342 million at the box office we have [serious] money to spend on everything from cast to crew to script.”

That’s all fine and dandy, but Millar’s quotes should be taken with a grain of salt. Spiliotopoulos’ work includes a number of direct-to-DVD movies for Disney: The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning, Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers, The Lion King 1½, The Jungle Book 2 and the aforementioned titles. Nevertheless, Millar had this last bit to share:

“This guy is supposed to be really good. He did a GREAT action script recently (on an unproduced movie) and that’s what got him this gig.”

Didn’t Millar just say it was “being made with a very tight circle?”

Spiliotopoulos will have his chance to prove himself when he joins the expected-to-return director, Timur Bekmambetov, and actor, James McAvoy. No word on whether or not Angelina Jolie will be in the sequel, but I wouldn’t bet on it. Although, Millar did say the big money earned from the first film will allow them to hire a big cast.

Can a Disney director improve this franchise and make an adult-oriented action flick?


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  1. they could always bring in Jolie for flashback scenes.

    anyway i hope he bring a great script, i enjoyed the first and want an even better film for the sequel.

  2. Wanted was one of the most well-structured action films in years, and gloriously character development-oriented.

  3. i hated the movie
    and could careless if there’s a sequel or not.
    i wanted to see the comic book version of it (well not so much the last part of the last issue, it felt like he just phoned it in at the end), but i wanted that version of Wanted. what i saw was generic action movie. it’s not completely terrible, it had it’s style. but i just felt tricked. and to make a sequel, for a movie that wasn’t meant to have one.
    Millar is just showing how much he loves to sellout, i find his work is losing craft and is becoming a paycheck.

  4. Visuals for the first film were pretty good, story wasn’t bad either, but the one thing that bombed the entire film was none other than the script. At the end of the film Morgan Freeman uttered the most out-of-character sentence that just completely destroyed everything for me. When I say story wasn’t bad I really mean “well just bearable”. You can hardly say there were much character development in the film, and let’s face it… when Millar says where all the [serious] money is being invested in he says “from cast to crew to script”. Look all films are made to tell a story, with the way the first film was done it won’t even matter if you ahve a good cast and crew, if the script is going to bomb then please… just please… THINK HOLLYWOOD! So much more thought and effort is put in independent films these days it makes these big-named directors/producers/writers what can only be summed up as a disgrace to hard working artists everywhere, and yet they are the ones who get the projects and franchises that everyone else dream of nd would probably do much better in. I’ve never read the comic but heard it’s way better than the movie, considering that I DID like the trailer to the first film I’ll give the sequel a try as well as the comic… but if this sequel proves to be a flop… guess we’ll talk about that when it happens.

  5. I wouldn’t like to judge until the movie comes out. Who knows, it may just be surprisingly good.

  6. I despised the movie. I am not remotely interested in a sequel. There was the train sequence which was nice but a wasted opportunity story wise (since x amount of people “died” on the train, it would make sense that our hero was on the “thread hit list” since he would be the “cause”- but anyway…)

    That said, I’m not going to say if the writer is any good or not- there are several scribes who are diverse in genre. There are also writers who get re-written. More important, if the director, producer (and sometimes the actor) wants changes big or small, such changes may be made. Said writer may or may not be a party to such changes, be it for better or worse.

    I’m not a fan of Millar, but I do agree with him on this issue.

  7. I wasn’t impressed with Wanted, but if they correct some of the problems that Liam and Darren have discussed, I would be willing to watch the sequel. Don’t know how they could have Jolie’s character in this unless someone does a seance or a flasback or something.

  8. I thought Wanted sucked and was a complete waste of my time. AS I said before, the ONLY good part of the movie was Angelina’s bare butt. I can suspend disbelief to a point, hence my love affair with sci-fi and comic book movies, but this movie strained that tolerance. The whole curving bullets thing was VERY VERY stupid. I will NOT be seeing this sequel and I will be surprised if it makes HALF the money of the original.

  9. I thought the movie was so bad that I even forgot that Jolie’s bare back-end was available… Wow.