America is officially in the crosshairs of a “Wanted” sequel. Late September we learned that original writers Derek Haas and Michael Brandt had been secured to reanimate the stagnant state of “Wanted 2,” the sequel to 2008’s Timur Bekmambetov-directed, special effects laden action-thriller.
In an interview with ComingSoon.net, Hass and Brandt perused the process of their writing projects. Touching on “Wanted 2”, the pair — who shared screenwriting credits on the first “Wanted” with Chris Morgan—seem to indicate that the sequel’s pre-production has finally hit its pace.
Asked if the team were ever inspired to try directing their material themselves, Brandt used their current gig on “Wanted 2” to explain the goal of writing to a certain director’s strengths — a director they hope, in this case, is Timur Bekmambetov.
“Right now, we’re writing the sequel, ‘Wanted 2.’ We’re doing that knowing with absolute certainty that I’m not going to be directing that movie. I’m not interested in it and, hopefully, Timur [Bekmambetov] will come back on to direct. You write it with Timur’s sensibility and try to give him the most leeway to do what he does really well.”
Asked later in the interview about the sequel’s status as a current project, Derek Haas reinforces the team’s desire to work with Bekmambetov.
“We’re hoping that it’s going to be Timur directing. I think Michael and I are going to strong-arm him into Universal and make him do it. We’re writing and basically picking Wesley up a few years after the events of the first movie and throwing him back into that world.”
So far we know the sequel’s plot will focus in on Wesley a few years after the events of the last film. At this early stage, there is no word on whether James McAvoy will return to the starring role.
One lethal weapon “Wanted 2” will definitely not be packing is crowd-drawing A-lister Angelina Jolie. Rumors point to the possibility that Kristen Stewart may be considered for a role, although to MTV, the actress has only elaborated on her belief in the quality of the first film, and McAvoy’s performance.
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