His day job has made Common a hit with the critics and kept him at the top of the charts over the last several years -- a trend that seems likely to continue when his eagerly-anticipated "Universal Mind Control" comes out this week. But moviegoers have had their own epiphany while enjoying his soulful presence in "Smokin’ Aces," “Street Kings” and “American Gangster,” and the Chicago-born rapper is holding out hope that his most recent gig might give him his first film franchise.
“I was really just glad to be in that flick, with Morgan Freeman and Angelina Jolie, and I really admire James McAvoy,” he told us recently of “Wanted,” his eye-popping action film that hits DVD and Blu-Ray this week. (Here's a list of the "Wanted" DVD and Blu-Ray special features.) “It was an honor to be around them, and to be filming in Prague, and then for the movie to come out and be so successful was great.”
Terrence Stamp told us awhile back that his character was written in specifically for sequel purposes, and screenwriter Chris Morgan has been hired to write "Wanted 2." But, after Angelina Jolie offered her own input into the conclusion of “Wanted,” the franchise seems to have painted itself into a corner.
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“It would be best with Angelina, if they could make it a prequel,” speculated Common, citing his hope to bring back the strong supporting cast from the first flick, even though they all died at the end of the film. “That would be great. Because you didn’t get to know my character too well; you didn’t get to know a lot about him.”
Last month, Morgan said “Wanted 2’ would work off the principal that “the point is to continue the journey that Wes started in the first film,” which wouldn’t seem to bode well for us ever seeing Common’s Gunsmith, Jolie’s Fox or virtually anyone else.
Common revealed to us that he hasn’t officially been told he won’t be required for “Wanted 2,” so he’s keeping his hopes up. “I haven’t heard what they are doing, they are keeping it tight right now probably until they get the script written,” he explained. ‘But I’m enthused that they have a sequel.”
After watching “Wanted,” it would seem quite impossible to bring back a handful of characters last seen taking a bullet through the skull. Then again, when you’re talking about a film franchise that has characters conducting assassinations from the roof of a moving train, it seems like anything is possible.
“I would love to come back for it; it was a great franchise to be a part of,” Common insisted. “It’s really clever and new, and definitely innovative.”
Would you see a “Wanted” sequel with McAvoy and Stamp as the only returning cast members? Or would you rather have Morgan figure out a way to bring back Jolie, Common, and the others? Give us your best ideas on how they could pull it off!