'Pooh' Writer Evan Spiliotopoulos To Script 'Wanted 2’

Wanted 2When "Wanted" proved to be a surprising financial success, it was clear that moviegoers wanted more. But with Mark Millar and J.G. Jones' graphic novel limited in issues, it's hard to identify source material that could be mined for a sequel. But, as we learned from "Wanted" screenwriter Chris Morgan last year, that wasn't going to hinder a return to the story's supervillain-filled world.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Evan Spiliotopoulos, co-writer of "Pooh's Heffalump Movie," has been pegged as the screenwriter for "Wanted 2." The sequel's script stems from a story idea by Morgan, previously tapped to be penning the sequel.

Despite writing some decidedly kid-friendly fare -- including sequels to "The Lion King" and "The Little Mermaid" -- Spiliotopoulos is no stranger to the comic book world. He recently adapted Dave Roman's graphic novel "Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery," which Thor Freudenthal will direct for Paramount Pictures.

And don't forget that Winnie the Pooh himself has risen above his childish roots in the past -- just pick up a copy of "Kingdom Hearts," the Square-Enix video game that features the cuddly bear and other Disney characters in action-adventure scenarios.

Even in light of Spiliotopoulos' history with children's films, the screenwriter's biggest challenge will be developing fresh content for "Wanted 2." The original movie took significant departures from the graphic novel, including a focus on realistic assassins as opposed to super-powered ones. Perhaps that's a topic that can be explored in a sequel.

Another issue that makes "Wanted 2" a hard pill to swallow is the fate of Angelina Jolie's character in the first film. While fans are now familiar with the franchise, is leading man James McAvoy recognizable enough to carry the film without the assistance of Jolie? That's assuming that McAvoy, or any of the original actors, return for the sequel -- but given the ending of "Wanted," Jolie's presence in a second film is rather unlikely.

Are you cool with Pooh, or would you rather a different writer tackle "Wanted 2's" script? Shoot 'em if you got 'em in the comments section!