Remember 2008's Wanted and its unlikely bullet-bending hero Wesley Gibson (played by James McAvoy)? Did you enjoy watching Angelina Jolie teach him how to transition from a 9 to 5 cubicle worker with a dead-end job into what he was destined to be - a ruthless assassin who can fire bullets from ridiculous distances and bend them with his newfound mental and physical abilities?
Well, if you were a fan of the original, brace yourself, because the sequel, [Wanted 2](movie:34518) is currently in the works. This is awesome news to me, but there is one glaring issue that I think needs to be addressed. If, by the code of Fate, all of the members of the Fraternity Wesley found himself in died at the end of the first movie, who will the movie feature?
Didn't Fox, Angelina's character, kill off the entire Fraternity, and herself? And then, later, Wesley kills Sloan, the misguided leader of the Fraternity (not to mention, cheater of death), played by Morgan Freeman.
So, how will they proceed? It kind of bums me out that Jolie and Freeman probably won't be involved, but McAvoy may meet some new friends (and foes) potentially based on these comments from producer Chris Platt, which concede that a sequel was never really a part of the original plan:
“We have a script that’s getting pretty good,” Platt explained. “To do a sequel when it wasn’t really set up for a sequel–one of our main characters dies in it. You don’t want to just retread a similar story, but when we get the script to a certain bar, there will be a sequel. It’s taken a while because it’s challenging, as I said, because we lost a main, main character, so where that James McAvoy character goes now… we have good ideas though. It’s coming along.”
Hmm... pretty vague, but I think I'm on board regardless.
Mark Millar, the creator of the comic that the movie is very loosely based on, was an influencer on the first movie's script's tone and overall feel. He'll be helping with the second movie as well, but in a limited capacity. According to Chris Platt, he won't be in charge of the script-writing process but will have input:
“He’s always going to be involved but he’s not going to write the screenplay which is far along," he explained. "As I said, but he’s always going to be involved because the tone he puts forth is so much his tone and I think the film captured that dark humor of his really well.”
Many people were displeased with Millar for being content selling the comic book rights over to movie makers rather than demanding more creative control. The movie may have been markedly different if it had fallen more in line with the comics.
Millar illustrated the books with certain actors in mind
Wesley, the lead, was supposed to be played by Eminem - or at least, that's how Millar imagined it.
Fox was likely supposed to be Halle Berry. You can see the influence from the cat ears. I, personally, think Angelina did a better job than Berry would have done.
Bottom line: Millar gave up the reigns
So, there's nothing necessarily wrong with Millar letting Hollywood run with (and in the minds of some, ruin) Wanted, but sometimes we see that amazing adaptations happen when the creator is heavily involved. Millar wasn't. The casual fan who never read the comics, like me, was still happy with the first movie though. I'll definitely make sure to see the second! But there are plenty of doubters out there. We'll see...