Wanted Sequel Gets a Writer

Columbia Pictures is making a sequel to “Wanted”, which is not news at all, as we’ve always known they were going the sequel route after the first one shot the box office to pieces to the tune of $339 million in worldwide grosses. What is a bit of news is that original writers Michael Brandt and Derek Haas have been replaced by lone writer Evan Spiliotopoulos. All three writers actually contributed to the first movie, but it appears Columbia is going strictly with Spiliotopoulos for the sequel.

In the original “Wanted”, James McAvoy played an officie automaton who discovers that his father was a great assassin for an organization called The Fraternity, led by Morgan Freeman. Angelina Jolie played one of the assassins, who helps McAvoy’s character adjust to his new, deadlier lot in life. The movie was based on an original comic book series by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones. If you’re into crazy, “out there” comics, I’d read the Millar collection. Trust me, as “out there” as the movie seemed, it barely has 1% of the craziness that goes on in the comics.

According to THR, “Wanted” director Timur Bekmambetov is expected to return for the sequel. Meanwhile, with Angelina Jolie’s character dead at the end of “Wanted”, it leaves the plot of the sequel uncertain. Are they going the prequel route, maybe? Then again, we are talking about a movie where people can “bend” bullets, so would a dead woman returning from the grave really be all that ludicrous?