To the surprise of many, "Pooh's Heffalump" screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulos was announced last week as the new writer for "Wanted 2," the sequel to the 2008 film based on Mark Millar and J.G. Jones' comic book series.
Spiliotopoulos appears to have taken over the writing duties from original "Wanted" movie scribe Chris Morgan, who told MTV News back in November that he was working on a more "global" story for the sequel.
Earlier this week, Millar addressed concerns about the former "Pooh" writer on his website's message boards, explaining the basis for Spiliotopoulos' selection and teasing that there's blockbuster-level money at play in the development of "Wanted 2."
"This guy is supposed to be really good," wrote Millar. "He did a GREAT action script recently (on an unproduced movie) and that's what got him this gig."
As for the film itself, Millar was short on details, but hinted that the first film's success at the box office had no small effect on how freely the studio would spend on the sequel.
"As a producer on the thing, I'm excited," wrote Millar. "I know who's in it and after doing 342 million at the box office we have series money to spend on everything from cast to crew to script."
What remains to be seen, however, is what sort of story the follow-up to "Wanted" will follow, since the original miniseries published by Top Cow never received a sequel. With the success of the first film and Millar's continued involvement in the second, there's certainly reason for comics fans to keep a close eye on "Wanted 2."
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