According to New York Mag’s Vulture blog, Angelina Jolie has decided against returning to Timur Bekmambetov’s “Wanted” sequel for Universal, effectively killing the film because the studio would rather trash it than recast the Fox character, who was originally played by Jolie, and who Bekmambetov has said that he’s found a way to bring back. As you’ll recall, Fox was dead at the end of the first movie, but in the world of “Wanted”, death is just a hiccup, and essentially resurrecting the character wouldn’t have been as farfetched as you would think.
Instead of “Wanted 2”, Jolie will instead line up Alfonso Cuaron’s space thriller “Gravity” as a starring vehicle for Warner Bros. The film, which has shades of Duncan Jones’ solitary space-set thriller “Moon”, would star Jolie as the sole surviving human member of a space mission who tries desperately to return home to Earth and her daughter. The script for “Gravity” is written by Cuaron (“Children of Men”), who co-wrote it with his son Jonas. David Heyman and Legendary Pictures will produce.
You know who is feeling a little underappreciated right now? James McAvoy, the star of “Wanted”. After all, he’s the star of the bloody movie, and it doesn’t even matter if he wants to do the sequel or not. That’s gotta suck.