‘Wanted’ Sequel Finally Underway
For those of us who have been patiently holding our breaths for a sequel to the 2008 comic book turned action film, Wanted, you can finally let out a loud sigh of relief. The film’s director, Timur Bekmambetov, confirmed to The Playlist this weekend that despite some major setbacks over the last few years the sequel has finally found its footing and will be moving right along now.
Despite the dramatic ending which basically killed every single main character with a viable plot line, Bekmambetov assures his fans that a sequel is not only possible but that it is going to be “kick ass.” For anyone who can’t remember the ending to the original movie, basically all you need to take away from the story is that Wesley Gibson, played by James McAvoy (X-Men First Class, Atonement) who will reprise his role in the sequel, was recruited into a secret fraternity of assissins after learning that his father was murdered. Upon discovering the truth that his father had not been killed until Wesley was manipulated into assassinating him, Wesley goes on to kill the mastermind of the fraternity, named Sloan, and Fox, played by Angelina Jolie, after discovering the organization’s corruption.
According to The Playlist, the studio had been trying to pen a sequel script over the last four years, to no avail, when suddenly Bekmambetov was struck with inspiration over the last few weeks. He moved on to pitch the idea to his producers and the whole team fell in love with it. Bekmambetov told The Playlist that the sequel will follow the original story very closely, but will also offer a major shocker to audiences. He said, “It’s a continuation of the story with Wesley Gibson. Other people are dead, you know, we can’t bring them back. The story is the same character, same mythology, but it’s got a great twist.”
Bekmambetov will focus on Wanted 2 as soon as he’s finished pumping up audiences for his current blockbuster, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer. Of course he will have to make time for the Wanted sequel in between filming his other upcoming projects, like his Moby Dick script he’s been working on for four years, and his Thomas Edison film, The Current War.