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?