Remember “Wanted?” Hit comic book adaptation from 2008 starring Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy? Well, since then we’ve been hearing rumors about a sequel, but nothing really concrete–until now.
Hollywood.com talked to Derek Haas, one of the writers of the original film, and he told them that he and co-writer Michael Brandt are getting ready to hand over a second draft of a script.
“After the first movie came out, we were supposed to write the sequel,” says Haas. “For various reasons, we didn’t connect with what Universal wanted to do creatively. A little bit of what Timur [Bekmambetov, director] wanted to do. So we just sort of bowed out gracefully.”
Then Universal came back to them…
“We got that call that you always love as a screenwriter. ‘Can you guys please come back?’ We loved the world. That experience was great. We said, ‘Well here’s what we want to do with the sequel.’ And they said, ‘Okay.’”
It’s long been said that the sequel would have to find a way to bring back Fox, Jolie’s character, but Haas wasn’t on board for that:
“Angelina Jolie gets shot in the head and everyone’s like, ‘Oh, are you going to bring back Fox?’ I said, ‘Did you see the bullet go into her head?’ And they say, ‘Oh, she can take one of those milk baths!’ We never wanted to do that movie.”
Instead, this is what they’re doing:
“”The only thing I can tell you is that Wesley [McAvoy] s now, four years later, recruiting a young woman who is in his situation in the first movie. She’s got a sh**ty life. He’s sort of in the Fox role. This new girl is brought into the world.”"
So we’ve got a good part for an actress coming up.
Timur Bekmanbetov directed the original and it sounds like he’s back for the sequel. There’s no word on when this will go into production.