Wanted 2 Screenwriter Reveals Plot Details

James McAvoy and Angelina Jolie in Wanted (2008) Movie Image

“Wait, didn’t you get shot in the head?”

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?

Wanted (2008) Movie PosterNot 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:

Fox from the Wanted Comic Book

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

    Yeah I like this flick but the comic was insane! There was NO WAY it would’ve made it to the screen in it’s original form! That said I’d love to see it animated, or I may just buy the motion comic. LOL.
    In the original Wesley was Eminem, Fox was Halle Berry, his father was TOmmy Lee Jones.

    Anyway I’m up for a sequel to the film. Just jhope they delve more into the fraternity.

  • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

    hopefully the new recruit won’t be such a whiny biatch. I almost didn’t make it to the second half of the movie cause of the incessant whining. You’d think someone who has been living such a shitty life would have stopped whining a long time ago.

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

      People as species do not like change even if it’s a change they secretly want. They will fight it tooth and nail until they see it’s for their best interest.

      I’m sure they’ll find a different way to show the change. I’m thinking it will be the exact opposite as the first film, with the new recruit being a female. So she may be kinda mousy, and introverted. I think Mila Kunis would acctually be a good pick.

      • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

        please, please let it be Mila Kunis!

  • LionHeart

    In terms of actual adaptation, this is probably the worst comic movie I’ve seen, and one of my biggest disappointments. I’ve always hoped the sequel rumors would die off. But alas, here we go.

    Also, still lost on why they even bothered to shell out for the WANTED movie rights. The only remnants were character names and about 1 training scene. Seems like such poor business, I mean it’s not like WANTED was a massive mainstream hit movie-going audiences would all recognize.

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

      It’s funny that purists complain so much abou the changes when the writer, Mark millar himself has said there was no way for the comic to be adapted the way it was written. Millar has actually been very smart about his liscensing. He’s had some creative control over all his properties. Wanted was a good action movie, but a very different adaptation. I can;t fault it if the original creator is a fan.

    • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

      I thought it was a better than average action movie. it’s probably made for people like me. I never read the comic and never will. the whole Loom concept was cool. And assassinations never get old. so the fact that it’s not close to the comic is lost for the majority of the views. I guess it made enough money to warrant a part 2. they should easily triple their investment with it.