I thoroughly enjoyed Timur Bekmambetov’s adaptation of Mark Millar‘s comic Wanted. The 2008 film, about a timid and frustrated man stuck who discovers he’s the progeny of a legendary hitman in league with a clan of superhuman assassins was exciting, inventive and funny,and wouldn’t be at all tarnished by a decent sequel which could further explore its world. Talk of a sequel surfaced two years ago, when star of the first movie James McAvoy said that Universal was “doing the right thing” by waiting for the right story before moving forward with the sequel. Since then we’ve heard nothing….until now.
Collider.com spoke with Bekmanbetov about Wanted 2, and it seems that the project is virtually ready to go and just needs Universal to get their arse in gear.
“For my part I already have the concept of the new story. I have all the screenwriters and co-producers on board. I’ve seen that some websites have even posted the posters of Wanted 2! I think there are a lot of people waiting for the second part of the story we’ve made in 2008. Unfortunately, Universal is still thinking about the possible dates of the pre-production start. I know that the movie should be released, but it’s all up to Universal to decide when is it going to happen. The studio is still deciding. I would be so happy to work with James, Konstantin and Angelina again. This film has influenced my film career in the USA a lot. It means a great deal to me”.
It’s interesting that he mentions Angelina Jolie and Konstantin Khabenskiy, because if memory serves me correctly they were both killed at the end of the first film, and Jolie once said that she wouldn’t be appearing in any sequel to the films. Some are saying that Jolie and McAvoy’s increased star status may make them hard to secure for a sequel. I want this to happen though big time!