Coventry Telegraph is reporting that Angelina Jolie will be back - apparently from the dead - for Wanted 2. That's right, in order for Wanted 2 to have a snowball's chance in hell, somebody has cut Angelina Jolie a big enough check to return as "Fox" for another go at a half-decent movie based on a half-decent graphic novel.
All this "official news" comes our way by means of Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov, who was interviewed recently by Russian news site RIA Novosti about the upcoming sequel, and took the opportunity to drop the news about Angelina's involvement, plus a few other gems like what locations the film will shoot in and which other characters may return for the sequel. We've got your links to the full interview below.
If you can't tell by now, I wasn't the biggest fan of Wanted. Somebody gave me the graphic novel for Christmas one year, thinking I'd like it... And it was all right. Saw the trailer the for movie... It was all right. When the studio moved the film into a summer slot I thought, "Must be a good sign."
And then I saw it.
I'm not going to rehash the experience, but let me just say: resurrecting Angelina's character, for whatever reason, is STUPID. It's a ploy, we all know it's a ploy, and damn you Hollywood. Damn you.
Is the ploy going to work? Probably. I don't want it to, I'm not going to support it, but I'll probably be overruled by the masses. Wanted ended up making over 340 million worldwide - no telling what numbers the sequel will do. Creatively speaking, unless it's a complete 180° from the first one I'm not interested - Jolie or no Jolie.
Wanted 2 is slated as a 2011 release.