‘Wanted 2′ Finally Moving Forward; Early Plot Details Released

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It’s been well over a year since there was any significant news about Wanted 2, the followup to the hit 2008 (loose) adaptation of Mark Millar’s ultra-violent comic book.

Angelina Jolie ultimately decided to pass on appearing in the sequel, which has essentially been trapped in development limbo since original Wanted helmer Timur Bekmambetov decided to move forward with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter instead. However, seeing that the original assassin-action extravaganza grossed over $341 million worldwide on a $75 million budget, it’s no surprise that the project never fully died.

The Wrap has learned that Universal is at last looking to get Wanted 2 moving forward again and has brought back Wanted co-screenwriting duo Michael Brandt and Derek Haas to script the sequel. Whether the pair will be starting entirely from scratch – or working from an earlier draft penned by the scriber who was originally hired on for the project, Evan Spiliotopoulos (Snow White and the Huntsman) – has not yet been revealed.

Millar previously indicated that, in the wake of Jolie’s departure, Wanted 2 would instead feature “another cool new character” and possibly introduce the four other assassin fraternities from his original graphic novel (which didn’t make the cut in Bekmambetov’s adaptation).

Haas informed The Wrap that the Wanted sequel will at least pick up with Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy, in the first film) a few years after the original movie. He later tweeted that neither Fox (Jolie) or the Loom of Fate – ie. the mystical device that designates assassination targets – will directly figure into the plot of Wanted 2.

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McAvoy and Jolie in 'Wanted'

(Spoiler?) Wesley was quite literally the only main player still breathing by the conclusion of Wanted, so the idea that Jolie’s lovely killer would return has always been considered a bit curious (from a narrative standpoint, that is). On the other hand, Bekmambetov’s film strayed so far from Millar’s source material that it’s almost anyone’s guess as to where exactly the sequel will go next, story-wise.

Many people enjoyed Wanted, despite (or, perhaps, because) it amounted to a ridiculously hyper-stylized thrill ride version of The Matrix. However, the film’s popularity was arguably due in no small part to Bekmambetov’s exhilarating visual approach – combined with McAvoy and Jolie’s collective sex appeal – and less about the quality of the film’s screenplay. So the news that Brandt and Haas are returning to write the sequel might not seem like sufficient reason for celebration, on its own.

There’s no designated production timeline for Wanted 2 just yet, so it’s certainly possible that Bekmambetov could eventually sign on to helm the film. Whether or not McAvoy – who has become all the hotter a commodity, following X-Men: First Class – will also be returning is another matter.

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We will keep you updated on the status of Wanted 2 as more information is released.

Source: The Wrap, Derek Haas

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  1. I remember seeing the trailers for Wanted, thinking it looked pretty cool. Then I watched the movie. It’s just awful.

    • Completely agree.. I hated it. It was just so bad!

  2. the truth is: nerds hate everything, normal people enjoy the movie and will enjoy the sequel. nerds are thousands, normal people are millions, so production company no longer care about nerds, thanks all gods.

    • You shouldn’t generalize.
      I’m a hardcore nerd.
      I loved wanted.
      Spent $80 on the glass cased blu ray collector’s pack.
      Can’t frickin wait for #2.

      • Dude I’m with ^this guy. I’m a nerd and I decided wanted was rated m…for MAN. it was like 300 2. it just made me wanna go punch something ;)

        • Exactly. I like guns and gore and super stylized violence.
          Please sir I’d like some more.

    • I disagree, I think production companies are looking at Nerd Rage closely, they may use it in varied ways but a group of thousands to the film industry is big bucks so they certainly do care.

      Without nerds would there even be Comic Book Movies?

      Without nerds would we have Sci-Fi?

      Without nerds would Serenity or The PeaceKeeper Wars have happened?

      (I like Firefly & Farscape)

      • … Yes. Nerds rule the world. However, the industry may not realize that homosexual nerds will go see movies like Thor, The Avengers, Conan, Wanted, X-Men, and The Matrix etc., not ONLY for the guns and special effects. But also for the costumes and a perfectly sculpted male chest. So, yeah. Homosexual Nerds who have expendable income to spend on comics and graphic novels will spend a buck or two to watch Ryan Reynolds bomb in Green Lantern because of that suit.

        Sex sells no matter who’s buying- it also cancels out a poorly written script and sometimes, even horrendous production and acting.

  3. Bring it on!! I loved Wanted!!

  4. Wanted wasn’t a bad movie, it had plot holes you could drive a truck through, but being a gunphile I liked the aspect of the culture of the gun. The funky bullets though was a little ridiculous. Count me as interested when they start releasing more details.

  5. Wanted was a stupid movie. But I enjoyed it anyway :)

  6. I wish someone would just make a film that was the graphic novel: it had the lead character being this total evil bastard that shot other supernatural badguys in the head. The movie was fun and all but the only similarities it had with the source material were the title, some character names and about ten lines of dialogue.

    • A lot of someones would make it if someone else, say someone like you, would be willing to fund it. The comic itself has an interesting enough idea and just fun enough to pull off to attract adventurous filmmakers. Unfortunately, logic dictates that no big production studio bigwig in their right mind would green light a project with all out nihilistic themes and utterly unapologetic about it, market it as a mainstream film and expect it to not alienate the masses at best or cause a public uproar resulting in a whole lot of PR nightmare for the studio at worst. If you’d fund it as an indie though, I’m sure a smaller percentage of the masses (likely mostly comprised of comic book and graphic novel enthusiasts) would go see it. Heck, I’d go see it. And you might even make some of your money back. So what say you?

  7. hell yeah this movie was awesome and i cannot wait for the sequel.

  8. sweet wanted was such an awesome movie sequel would be pretty bad ass

  9. i judged the movie originally by the ridiculous trailer and put it off, then eventually rented it, and absolutely loved it.

    i would love to see a sequel as long as mcavoy returns.

  10. About time they started working on this sequel. I’ve been waiting for this one.

  11. man, this movie was the BIZNESS!! :) been waitin for another sequel…

  12. I thought ‘Wanted’ was a good film. Not great. But okay. Now, depending on who will star in the sequel, this may actually be something to look forward to.

  13. Wanted is the best action movie ever.

    Let’s hope Wanted 2 is better than the first one and James McAvoy returns too.

    • No, you’re thinking of Taken.

      Taken is the best action film ever.

      :)

  14. Wanted was a popcorn flix. It wasn’t trying to have an Inception type plot that kept u guessing. Ppl don’t know how to enjoy it for what it was.

  15. Im a nerd, but I really loved this movie!! Just diein to watch Wanted 2!

  16. Wanted was a good movie. There was a good story to keep up with and you have to pay close atention to understand it fully. Thats right.LISTEN TO EVERYTHING HE SAYS AT THE ENDOF THE MOVIE BEFORE IT ENDS! As for wanted 2 cant wait.

  17. Oh and the movie dosnt really need Angelina Jolie. I mean,she already shot herself in the head on wanted(spoiler.Maybe other people with remarkable abilites can join the picture or even make a moviein collaberation with Wanted and Jumpers.

  18. Ive seen this movie like countless of times already. Definitely one of my favorites of all time.
    I really hope that they make a sequel for this. Or matter fact, A TRILOGY.

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