Not many movies have made me question my own appreciation for them more than Wanted. While I thought it was a fast-paced, well-crafted action romp on first viewing, watching portions of it again on HBO over the years left me repulsed and shocked by what a mean and idiotic failure the thing really is. Sequel time!
TheWrap tells us that writers Michael Brandt and Derek Haas will return to pen a second film for Universal, although things may be more original this time around — Mark Millar never wrote a sequel to his comic. However, the source material — what I could get through, that is — already bore several differences from its eventual adaptation; perhaps it won’t be such a problem for the duo.
It’s too early to know much more, although Haas did tweet that it’ll be sans Angelina Jolie or that weird predicting machine. Instead, it’ll “take off after the events of what just happened,” focusing on “Wesley (James McAvoy) a few years later” as he “go[es] back in for another round.” Timur Bekmambetov is apparently wanted (didn’t even realize that until I typed the word) to come back as the director, but they acknowledge his busy slate at the moment, which includes Moby Dick. That sounds like one of the most wrongheaded combinations of director and material I’ve ever heard, so a sick part of me really wants to see his take on Melville‘s perennial novel.
You know what I don’t want to see? Wanted 2.
Were you fond of Wanted? Is a sequel something that the world really needs right now?
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