Timur Bekmambetov Has a Super Great Idea for Wanted 2 That Everyone Loves


James McAvoy in Wanted (2008) Movie ImageIn Hollywood, everyone “loves” everything … until they decide they don’t “love” it anymore. Which can be as soon as the next day. Sometimes the next hour. So when I hear that “Wanted” director Timur Bekmambetov has come up with a new angle on how to approach the sequel to 2008’s surprise hit “Wanted”, and how everyone simply “loves” it, you should definitely take that with a grain of salt. Remember — everyone in Hollywood “loves” your ideas … until they don’t anymore.

So, while doing the promo rounds for “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”, the topic of “Wanted 2″, which has been gestating for years now, came up. According to Bekmambetov, they were stuck on how to do the sequel (after all, the film’s finale was a bloodbath, including the deaths of some major characters), but he’s since come up with a great angle:

An unbelievable thing happened three weeks ago. Because we stopped, we didn’t know what to do for three or four years. Three weeks ago I came up with a great idea and I pitched this idea and everybody fell in love with it. And now I think we’re on track. Right now the writer is working on the script, and it will be shocking.

Wow, Timur, everybody fell in love with it? That’s amazing! Heh heh.

Anyways, so what’s this brilliant idea? Well, he won’t say, but he does say that the sequel would continue the adventures of James McAvoy’s Wesley Gibson from the first movie:

It’s a continuation of the story, with Wesley Gibson. Other people are dead, you know, we can’t bring them back. The story is the same character, same mythology, but it’s got a great twist.

Well, I’m glad he said that last part. For the longest time, there were all kinds of crazy rumors that they were thinking about bringing characters back from the dead. Reading between the lines, I think Timur’s put the kibosh on that idea entirely, and is now moving on with the ones still kicking. Which makes sense, since at least one actor who “died” in the first movie has no plans to come back.

James McAvoy and Timur Bekmambetov in Wanted (2008) Movie Image

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  • ErickKwon

    Off the top of my head, I can imagine Wesley against a different iteration of the Fraternity, with either a handful of allies or a whole other group trained killers on his side.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Pretty much! I’m guessing we’ll find out that Sloan wasn’t the only one who decided to take Fate into their own hands, and now Wesley is trying to get fate back on track so to speak.

      • ErickKwon

        And bonus: a sequel would give us post-origin sequence Wesley, which means we wouldn’t have to deal with the annoying, whiny, wimpy version who was a big minus for me in “Wanted”

  • LionHeart

    Ugh, I hope this never gets made.

    The movie was terrible on its own merits, and worse yet when compared to the stellar comic book. It really had no reason to be titled “WANTED” and to this day I’m confused why they shelled out the money to secure the rights to the comic when they decided to do something completely and totally different and just keep the title and some names. I mean, it’s not like it was a huge mainstream hit that would bring in audiences.
    But I digress. Let a sequel never commence.

    And Erick, wimpy Wesley was kind of the point of the film, and the original comic; his transition, and taking things into his own hands. Without that part, it’s just a mindless action film. Well, technically it already was, but moreso.