By Sujay Kumar
One thing’s for sure: if/when “Wanted 2” hits theaters, Angelina Jolie will not be taking a shot at rising from the dead.
MTV News caught up with “Wanted” co-creator Mark Millar at the South By Southwest Film Festival to get his thoughts on how the “Wanted 2″ story and its fraternity of assassins will move forward without Jolie’s character, and why the answer could lie in the introduction of other fraternities around the world.
“They killed off the most recognizable character, but I thought it was great to do that,” Millar told MTV News. “It was so ballsy to kill off the one person you didn’t expect to die.”
“What they’re talking about is just moving on with the story and doing it properly,” he said. “Just bringing in another cool character as this world opens up with all the different fraternities out there all across the world. This could change at any moment, but the last I heard two weeks ago, was that was the plan moving forward.”
With the first film diverging significantly from Millar’s source material, we had to ask whether he’d like to see a more faithful sequel that goes back to the themes and storylines of the original comic.
“The way I look at it is, Raymond Chandler has a brilliant quote about his adaptations where he said, ’No matter what they do to the movies, it doesn’t change the book on my shelf,'” said Millar. “And primarily I’m a comic guy. People say, ’Oh, you’re going to go off and work in Hollywood’ [and] I’m like, ’Not really, no.’ It’s a nice little extra job, but really I’m a comic book guy.”
“I always say to people, I didn’t get into it to get out of it,” he added. “This was my dream job as a kid. So if they make movies of the stuff — brilliant. And if it’s great movies, fantastic. I’m not precious about it. As long as the movie’s good, that’s my criteria.”
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