Following more than a year of inactivity on the sequel to what, now, is a four-year-old film, my mind settled on Wanted 2 never congealing. (Denial, anger, acceptance…) Lo and behold, Hollywood.com have been informed — by none other than original co-writer Derek Haas himself — that the follow-up is both planned and, how about that, has a second draft on its way into Universal.
First off: Angelina Jolie will not be coming back. Her character (spoilers, I guess) was already offed in one of this century’s most absurd instances of onscreen violence, so, despite what some had expected, no great surprise there. (The screenwriters apparently “never wanted to do” the sort of movie where a character comes back to life. It seems curving a bullet is still cool.) Anyway, the plot Haas and Michael Brandt concocted after being put back on Universal’s dime sounds, if you ask me, an awful lot like what Timur Bekmambetov worked with back in 2008.
As Wanted 2 is described:
“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 sh**ty life. He’s sort of in the Fox role. This new girl is brought into the world.”
There you have it. My own feelings on the possibility — the only term that can or should even be used; right now, this is still on the fringe of even being tangible — of Wanted 2… there’s nothing to be said, actually. If it’s like the original — i.e., a bit of fun, a dollop of annoyance, and sufficient enough so as not to make me feel like I wasted time and money — then it can go ahead without this writer paying much attention or expending much energy thinking about its chances. It’d be nice if someone made a decision on it, though.
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