I have to admit, I had a lot of apprehensions about the movie version of Mark Millar’s “Wanted”, even more so when I heard they had veered nearly completely away from the original comic book. But then I saw the movie, and kinda liked it. It wasn’t great, mind you, but if you went into it not knowing anything about the comic version, I think it worked out pretty well. They kept the nice twist at the end (sort of), and the action was pretty insane and out of this world fun. So what about a “Wanted” sequel? Well that’s a given. As soon as the movie opened big, everyone was scrambling to get “Wanted 2” greenlit.
Mark Millar talked with Newsarama about the upcoming sequel (or is that sequels?), only saying this about his part in it:
“What I will be doing is providing them with a very small amount of stuff for a story, and that will be used as a basic story that they can build from. It will be a small outline that can possibly be picked apart and not used – but it will be something exclusively for the second film, and no one will ever really see it.”
Millar won’t be heading back to the comic book pages for a “Wanted 2” series, though, he’s already sworn off the title in favor of new stuff. But I wouldn’t worry about Millar’s participation (or lack thereof), as the original script for “Wanted” had already gone so far away from his creation that it wouldn’t have mattered anyway, as long as the original screenwriters, Derek Haas and Michael Brandt, were back, and word has it they’re currently pounding away at the sequel, along with a gazillion other projects the duo busy bodies have been linked to in just this year alone.
But what Millar is excited about? His upcoming “Kick Ass” with Matthew Vaughn, and the possible sequels. Millar already has ideas for a “Kick Ass 2” and possibly “Kick Ass 3” comic series:
“Kick-Ass is the only thing that I feel I could never get bored with – I genuinely love doing that, and already have the sequel worked out for the movie and the comic, because the story ends in a way that is so completely going into another one,” the writer said. “So Kick-Ass is the only thing I see as a franchise that will just run and run and run, but everything else I see as being quite self-contained.”
And when we last saw “Kick Ass” issue #4, we had just learned that 10-year old Hit Girl is really good with a sword, and she cusses like a sailor to boot. Personally, I blame it on Big Daddy.
Below: Big Daddy and Hit Girl do their thing, and their thing ain’t very clean.