Last week, it was announced that Evan Spiliotopoulos has been hired to write the script for Universal's Wanted 2, based on a story by Chris Morgan. There was some negative feedback as Spiliotopoulos is credited as co-writer of Pooh's Heffalump Movie and its DVD Halloween spin-off. But Mark Millar, creator of the graphic novel and producer on the sequel, says that's not why he was brought on board.
"Never listen to any commentators as they never know anything about who's coming back, etc. It's just speculation and 99% of the time these guys don't have access to the people who know. 'Wanted 2' is being made in a very tight circle at the moment," Millar said on his message board.
"As a producer on the thing, I'm excited. I know who's in it and after doing 342 million at the box office we have [serious] money to spend on everything from cast to crew to script."
About Spiliotopoulos, he added that "This guy is supposed to be really good. He did a GREAT action script recently (on an unproduced movie) and that's what got him this gig."
Timur Bekmambetov is again directing and James McAvoy is expected to return for the lead role.
[...] Evan Spiliotopoulos, co-writer of "Pooh's Heffalump Movie" and its DVD Halloween spinoff, has been hired to write Universal's action sequel "Wanted 2," based on a story by Chris Morgan. Like the original 2008 film, the in-development sequel is based on the comic series created by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones.
Marc E. Platt and Jim Lemley are producing with Timur Bekmambetov, who directed the first film and is attached to helm the sequel. Universal production exec Jeff Kirschenbaum will oversee the project for the studio.
Morgan co-wrote the first film with Michael Brandt and Derek Haas. "Wanted," which starred Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy, grossed $339 million worldwide.
Spiliotopoulos, repped by UTA and attorney Sean Marks, most recently adapted the Dave Roman graphic novel "Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery" for Thor Freudenthal to direct at Paramount. He also has "The Last Call" in development at Universal.
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MTV sprach mit dem Drehbuchautor Chris Morgan über das Sequel...
[...] "Yes, I will be writing it," confirmed Morgan. "I’m actually leaving this conversation with you to go to a meeting with the director, Timur [Bekmambetov], and we’re talking about the story."
According to Morgan, Universal Pictures is in the final stages of negotiating a deal with Millar for a sequel to the June 2008 film, which was a box-office success despite diverging significantly from the story in the graphic novel. Millar hasn’t given any indication that he’ll be penning a print follow-up to "Wanted," but as with other projects adapted from his work, the comic book writer is expected to take an active role in shaping the over-arching story.
"As far as I know, the studio is finishing their deal with Mark [Millar], and then we’re all going to get together and collaborate," said Morgan, a longtime comics fan. "And that’s something I’m very excited about."
As for the plot of the second film, Morgan acknowledged the difficulty of scripting the sequel to a film in which most of the supporting cast is, well... dead. While Terence Stamp has teased that his character, Pekwarsky, will be making a return in "Wanted 2," one of the only other characters to survive the first film was the film’s lead, Wesley Gibson (played by James McCavoy).
"That is the challenge here," laughed Morgan, "but the point is to continue the journey that Wes started in the first film. Wherever he ended up at the end of the film, now it’s time to move him forward."
"There’s a natural journey that Wes needs to take," continued Morgan, adding that the sequel "is going to be opened up to be more global."
However, Morgan was quick to add that the film is very much in the early stages of story development at this point, "so anything I tell you about is likely to change."
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Heute startet "Wanted" in den deutschen Kinos...
As the DVD release for the film version of Mark Millar and JG Jones’ Wanted looms on the horizon (Millar’s completed his work for it already), and the film’s worldwide box office total hovers near the $260 million mark the focus has shifted to Wanted 2 and...Wanted 3.
Word of the sequel came early on, just after the movie opened, actually. Millar said that he remembers the moment well. "At the premiere, everybody knew that it was going to make a lot of money, and we were all buzzing," Millar told Newsarama. "On the way out, Mark Platt, the main producer put his arms around me and JG and said, ‘Okay, so what’s the plan for Wanted 2?’ I looked at him and said, ‘There is no plan,’ and he said to me, ‘Okay, well, have something for us next week.’"
Millar has said before that he and Jones would not be going back to Wanted in a comic book sequel to the original 2004 miniseries, and he’s sticking to that pledge. "I’ve got this reputation of being a total whore, and even when I’m adamant about something like this, people don’t believe me, but there is nothing else coming from Wanted," Millar said. "That six issues was the end. I love doing new stuff anyway - I get bored so quickly."
That’s not to say he’s not doing something for Wanted 2 though...
"What I will be doing is providing them with a very small amount of stuff for a story, and that will be used as a basic story that they can build from. It will be a small outline that can possibly be picked apart and not used - but it will be something exclusively for the second film, and no one will ever really see it."
Given that the film version of the story differs from the comic book version in a number of ways (some quite substantial) Millar’s outline will be set in the film’s continuity, but will reach back to the comics. "It will be some of the stuff that we didn’t utilize from the first book for the movie - like chapters three and four - there will be some stuff from that, so in the loosest sense it will be based on the book, but only very little," Millar said. "The nice thing about owning it and creator-owned properties is that JG and I will still be producers on the thing, and will still obviously get paid for the rights."
Millar acknowledged that he too had heard that Terence Stamp has said his character of Pekwarsky would be coming back for the sequel, and reportedly play a much larger role. Also, Wanted screenwriters Derek Haas and Michael Brandt have been at work on the screenplay for the sequel for some time.
Even though it’s his first comic book to make the leap to film, Millar’s taking it all in stride, and talking like a poolside-sitting, cigar-chomping, sunglass-wearing Hollywood insider. "The minute the movie came out and made $55 million the opening weekend, they knew it would be headed toward the $300 million mark in theaters, and another $200 estimated on DVD," Millar said. "So they invested $100 million in it, and made $500 million back, and they were really pleased with that, so immediately, Wanted 2 and 3 were greenlit, and James [McAvoy] was signed on for another two movies, so there’s a larger plan at work here."
While Millar declined to mention any plot specifics that he’s suggested to the producers and screenwriters in his outlines, he did reflect on Wanted’s creation and originally writing the project - a time when veering off to write a creator-owned project caused some strife in the Millar household.
"I remember what my wife said to me about five years ago when I was writing Wanted - ‘Oh I wish you were just doing six issues of X-Men again," because we were doing Wanted for virtually nothing, and here’s it’s turned out to be a nice long-term bet," Millar said. "Obviously in comics, both Marvel and DC - they really don’t take care of you when you’re an older guy and after you’ve done your work, so it’s nice having these things out there that will keeping bringing in money even after you’ve done your time with the big publishers. You start to realize that Robert Kirkman is right in a lot of ways. Creator-owned work is the kind of stuff that will take care of you when you’re older." [...]
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IGN berichtet über das Sequel... Vorsicht SPOILER !!!
Universal Wanted a sequel so they're getting one. Director Timur Bekmambetov, scribes Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, and producer Marc Platt are all reprising their respective duties for the now in-development Wanted 2.
According to Variety, "The creative team is still working on the challenge of continuing the story after most of the principal characters -- including Angelina Jolie -- ended the original in no position for an encore."
Platt informed the trade, "The writers are at work already, and those creative discussions are taking place." The filmmakers also reportedly want to bring back James McAvoy as office drone-turned-superassassin Wesley Gibson.
Wanted has so far grossed $192.6 million worldwide.
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[...] Opening in 800 fewer theaters, Universal Studios' Wanted, based on Mark Millar & J.G. Jones' graphic novel, was the weekend's underdog despite the presence of bonafide stars Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman. With an estimated opening weekend of more than $51 million, Wanted had the biggest opening for an R-rated movie in June, and it's also the 6th or 7th highest R-rated opening ever. It averaged an impressive per-theater average of $16k, higher than WALL-E's per-theater average, plus it also cost $100 million less than the CG animated movie, which means it's closer to making back its production costs. Wanted would also be significant as the biggest opening movie for Ms. Angelina Jolie, surpassing her 2005 summer hit Mr. and Mrs. Smith and her breakout action movie Tomb Raider. [...]
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Bei CS! gibt es ein Video-Interview mit James McAvoy und Common... Und bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik von Quint...
Im Forum von MillarWorld.tv schreibt Mark Millar...
[...] Wanted 2 already being planned and they've asked me how I can develop some of the other stuff from the book into the sequel. We'll see what box office is like at the weekend, but everyone knows this is going to make a LOT of dough. [...]
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Der "Wanted" Full Trailer ist online !!!
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[...] FOX are apparently so pleased with "Wanted", the new Angelina Jolie-starring actioner, that they’ve set Derek Haas and Michael Brandt, the writers of the film, to pen a sequel.
"We’re just finishing up a book adaptation for Universal of the James Siegel novel 'Deceit.' We’ve been hired to write the sequel to 'Wanted' by the same studio," Haas tells Pajiba. "And we’ve got a few more things in the hopper that it’s a little premature to talk about."
"'Wanted' has been terrific. We first started working on it when only the first issue of the comic came out, and as the book became crazier and crazier, we tried to keep the script grounded. Timur Bekmambetov is directing and has been interesting and gratifying to work with. The movie is going to be a gigantic, hard-R action movie that we hope will satisfy the comic fans."
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Der neue "Wanted" Trailer ist online !!!
AICN berichtet über das "Wanted"-Panel auf der WonderCon...
[...] Timur Bekmambetov recorded a video to introduce an extended action sequence from the movie. The only real bit of useful information gleaned from the footage was that they are going to do "additional photography" on the film soon and that he’s currently scoring the film with Danny Elfman. [...]
An audience member asked about how close it sticks to the graphic novel, asking about the addition of superheroes and supervillains. McAvoy responded that there’s not really any of those in the movie, but there is an opening for them... and they might be explored in further films.
Mark Millar has seen an early cut of the film and he enjoyed it. [...]
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Wie CS! meldet, soll "Wanted" nach einer Terminverschiebung am 27. Juni 2008 in die US-Kinos kommen...
[...] In making the date-change announcement, Nikki Rocco, Universal Pictures' President of Distribution, stated, "After an early look at Wanted, we are certain that it fulfills its promise as a stunning, committed, thrilling, eye-popping vision that introduces a bold new narrative. We believe it can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the event titles of the summer and will give audiences a chance to discover a fresh new alternative. We are excited to date the film on June 27." [...]
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Rotten Tomatoes meldet...
Writer/directors Michael Brandt and Derek Haas had to go into production on Wanted before the comic book had even picked up steam. With only two issues published, the writers came up with their own story based on the set up.
"The first two issues were pretty much act one," said Haas. "The first two issues were a great set up, the first two issues of the comic. Then it went in a different direction than what we took the film."
The story of a loser drafted by assassins who believe he has his father's talents, the movie is action packed adventure, but not comic book-y. "Our take on the material was big, but not big like the comic book," said Brandt. "The comic book took it to crazy heights with superheroes and we kept ours kind of grounded into today's world so you could actually believe that it could take place in today's world."
Haas still promises hard action. "We really want to make a hard R movie," said Haas. "To the studio's credit, all the way through they said, 'Do it. Keep that same tone'. And then when they cast Angelina [Jolie], Morgan Freeman and James McAvoy we thought, 'Oh here it comes. Here comes the PG-13, got to have the broadest audience possible.' But, no. The whole time they said keep it the same way so that's the movie they shot." [...]
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Bei SHH! gibt es ein Interview mit den Drehbuchautoren Derek Haas und Michael Brandt... Und bei CS! gibt es ein sehenswertes Bild von Angelina Jolie auf der Motorhaube... ;-)
Bei CS! gibt es ein Bild von Angelina Jolie beim Dreh...
Wie Variety.com meldet, wird Terence Stamp in "Wanted" mitwirken...
MTV.com sprach mit Timur Bekmambetov...
[...] The director said he plans to once again create a reality brimming with visual revelations - and then take it all apart. "We will create a world, and then we will destroy this world," he laughed. "The hero will discover the whole world. It looks ordinary, but it's not. It's an industrial world filled with weaving machines, lots of traps, lot of looms flying back and forth and predicting the future. The looms weave these fabrics, and the fabrics have a pattern, like a binary code, that has information. The weavers can read the fabric - they see the structure of it and they can read its messages. Then they know who has to be killed to keep the balance of the world."
Sure, it seems hard to explain - but then again, try describing "Day Watch" or "Night Watch" to someone who can't simply sit back and soak in the visual feasts. [...]
Hip-hop star Common has signed to join James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman and Angelina Jolie in Wanted [...]
Common will play the Gunsmith, an assassin with an unparalleled knowledge of firearms who is enlisted to help train and transform McAvoy's character into the world's most feared and powerful hit man. [...]
[...] Angelina Jolie found time to do some movie work in Chicago, a source tells me.
She flew to the Windy City without Brad Pitt and the family Friday to do screen testing for her new flick "Wanted," according to a set source. The sexy actress is scheduled to shoot most of the scenes for the action movie in Prague within the next few weeks. However, the source said she is expected to film in the Windy City later this summer.
"She'll be filming a lot of action scenes in cars," the source told me. While she was here, Jolie test-drove some Dodge Vipers that will be used for the film. [...]
Universal Pictures has set Angelina Jolie to star alongside James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman in "Wanted," [...]
Wanted creator Mark Millar has posted an update on his official site about Universal Pictures' adaptation of his graphic novel directed by Timur Bekmambetov ("Night Watch") and starring James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman.
Millar got to see 30 minutes of pre-vis (rough versions of sequences in a movie using computer graphics) for the film and talks about the footage:
This is going to be amazing. Like I trailered yesterday, even Gill's Mum gave a big Keannu-style WHOA at a sequence between a car chase and a train. I can't give much in the way of details here, but watching some of the scenes from the book come to life can only be compared to giving birth to a 100 million dollar baby. The opening sequence with The Killer plus boyfriends chasing his would-be assassins across the rooftops is just jaw-dropping. I was honestly pinching myself, worried I was bi-polar and this whole thing was just a wishful hallucination.
March 08 cannot get here fast enough. McAvoy, Freeman and the big star they aren't telling you about until Summer plus an action director THIS GOOD really is going to be something special. Three months ago my expectations were zero. Now they're enormous. [...]
Morgan Freeman is in final talks to star opposite James McAvoy in Universal Pictures' Wanted, a sci-fi actioner that will mark the English-language debut of Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov.
Wanted is based on Mark Millar's explosive graphic novel series, published by Top Cow. The story follows a put-upon man (McAvoy) who discovers that his long-lost father is an assassin. After his dad is murdered, the son is recruited into a covert organization of killers and trained to follow in his father's footsteps.
Freeman will play Sloan, the lead assassin who trains McAvoy.
Comic Book Movies meldet...
James McAvoy has landed the starring role in Universal Pictures' Wanted, a sci-fi actioner that will mark the English-language debut of Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov, says The Hollywood Reporter. [...] The comic is considered hard-core, and the movie probably will be rated R. Universal-based Marc Platt set up the series in March 2004 and will produce with Jason Netter and Jim Lemley. Top Cow's Marc Silvestri is executive producing. The script was written by Derek Haas and Michael Brandt, who wrote Universal's "2 Fast 2 Furious." The trade says the movie is a priority for the studio and is anticipated to go into production in first-quarter 2007 with a budget of less than $100 million.
Comic Book Movies meldet...
Variety reports that Universal Pictures has acquired the rights to comics writer Mark Millar's Wanted series for Marc Platt to produce. "Wanted" is a title that Millar wrote and independently published through his own Millarworld imprint and Top Cow distributor. Millar will exec produce along with Kickstart's Jason Netter and Top Cow's Marc Silvestri. Platt is seeking a writer to bring on to the project. [...]
Also, while London's Daily Star claimed Eminem was in talks to play the lead role, the trade says that both the rapper's representatives and Universal says that's not true. He is not in talks for the role either.
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