Last 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?