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I liked “Wanted”, but I didn’t love it. But I could see how you kids might think it’s the best thing since sliced bullets. Or, er, bending bullets. What’s not to love about making bullets literally bend to your will? That’s kinda cool.
Word of a “Wanted” sequel has come and gone over the years, an inevitability when the first film made huge bank (over $340 million worldwide) when no one expected it to do so well. The film also made a star out of Russian director Timur Bekmambetov, who has been living off that movie ever since. Bekmambetov was said to be helming the sequel, and had plenty of ideas about how to bring Angelina Jolie’s character back from the dead. The going theory was that a “Wanted 2″ couldn’t possibly exist without Jolie. Could it?
Not if you were to ask screenwriter Derek Haas, who along with his writing partner Michael Brandt. The duo wrote the first “Wanted”, but according to him, they left the project when their idea for a sequel clashed with the studio’s and Bekmambetov’s — i.e. they wanted to bring Jolie’s Fox back from the dead, but the screenwriters didn’t.
Talking to Hollywood.com to promote his upcoming spy novel, Haas revealed why he and Brandt left the sequel 4 years ago, and why they’re now back. He also drops some big plot details about the sequel:
The only thing I can tell you is that Wesley [James McAvoy] is now, four years later, recruiting a young woman who is in his situation in the first movie. She’s got a shitty life. He’s sort of in the Fox role. This new girl is brought into the world.
So there you have it. No Fox, no Angelina Jolie, but yes, more Wesley and a new recruit.
By the way, it would be ironic if they made the “recruit” an African-American character, since in the original comic books, Fox (Jolie’s character) was black. And if I’m not mistaken, comic book Fox was also clearly modeled after Halle Berry. Hey, how about casting Halle Berry? Just saying, Hollywood.
Here’s how the original Fox looked in the comics: