The film ‘Wanted’ was released in 2008, starring James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie, and Morgan Freeman and is based on the comic book series of the same name by writer Mark Millar and artist J.G. Jones. The comics were published by Top Cow and are still available in a single volume collector edition as both a soft cover and hard cover.
The film was a moderate success within the US market but achieved solid numbers on the international market and through DVD sales. The film grossed approximately $340 million world wide in its theatrical run and received mixed but generally positive reviews from critics.
Previously rumours have circulated about a potential sequel, in an interview during 2009 Angelina Jolie was asked about her participation in a potential sequel and her response was as follows;
Being dead makes it difficult, they were trying to bring me back, but I kind of feel like if I die in a movie, I should die actually… It would just be doing the exact same thing in another movie, so it’s not that interesting to me.
It does look like progress is happening on a sequel, with writer Derek Haas, who was attached to the first film tweeting the following earlier this week;
Michael and I were just hired by Uni to write Wanted 2.
The ‘Michael’ that Derek is referring to presumably would be his writing partner on the first film ‘Michael Brandt’.
While many scripts are developed that never receive the green light for production, this is the most solid news of development on a ‘Wanted’ sequel that we’ve received so far.
More to come as it’s announced!