For a while now, the sequel to Mark Millar comic adaptation Wanted has been lost in limbo, unable to find its way as director Timur Bekmambetov concentrated on other projects. But now, according to the Bakmambetov himself, Wanted 2 has stepped up a gear thanks to some new plot ideas.
Speaking with The Playlist, Bekmambetov revealed that things are still very much moving forward. “An unbelievable thing happened three weeks ago,” Bekmambetov says. “Because we stopped, we didn’t know what to do for three or four years. Three weeks ago I came up with a great idea and I pitched this idea and everybody fell in love with it. And now I think we’re on track. Right now the writer is working on the script, and it will be shocking.”
Shocking, eh? Well, that would only be fair for a sequel to a film that deployed crazed action set pieces, a “Loom Of Destiny”, had Morgan Freeman swearing like he’s Samuel L Jackson and – spoiler alert! – offed several of the higher profile names in the cast, including Angelina Jolie, at the end.
According to Bekmambetov, we won’t be seeing any sudden resurrections or cheats to bring people back. “It’s a continuation of the story, with Wesley Gibson”, he says, referring to James McAvoy’s main character. “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.”
As to when we might actually see the movie hit cinemas, that’s anyone’s guess. Still, if you need a hit of Bekmambetov’s trademark frenetic style, his latest, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, will be out this week.