(Written for Lost In The Multiplex)
Writer of Wanted, Derek Haas has been busy tweeting getting our hopes up for a sequel of the 2008 action film starring James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman.
Loosely based on Mark Millar‘s comics, McAvoy played the character of Wesley, an average guy who was being cheated on by his girlfriend and working in a dead-end job with a bitch of a boss. Soon enough, he was taught to bend bullets and flip cars in slow-motion a mysterious Fraternity.
The film achieved a box office take north of $300m so a sequel was always on the cards. It has now been confirmed through Empire that original screenwriters Haas and Michael Brandt have been re-hired to start working on Wanted 2.
“We just always loved the Wanted world, and loved working with Universal and Timur Bekmambetov,” Haas says, “so we’re excited! Wanted 2 is going to take off right after the events that just happened; it’ll pick up Wesley a few years later and go back in for another round.”
The film is still at the writing stage so there’s not yet a green light, start date or a director attached. But Haas later tweeted that the script he and Brandt are developing is “Fox-less and loom-less” so there is a script being worked on.
So no Jolie (since she shot herself in the head at the end of the first film), but will McAvoy return to his lead role? It’s going to be interesting to see how the film follows on from its predecessor.
E! Online recently reported that Bekmambetov and the studio are also interested in Twilight’s Kristen Stewart taking over the leading female part. Bekmambetov and Stewart have already met to discuss the role, but no confirmation has yet been given.