Just a few years ago, a sequel to 2008's Wanted was almost inevitable after the original pulled in some surprising cash at the box office. Unfortunately, it's been a long time since we've heard about any real progress being made on the movie. However, in a new interview with The Playlist, director Timur Bekmambetov claims that the sequel has just recently been given some much needed life.
"An unbelievable thing happened three weeks ago," Bekmambetov said in the interview. "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."
He continued by updating the status of some of the characters from the original, "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." So, at this time, it looks like James McAvoy will return to the role of Wesley, unless he is recast.
Bekmambetov and Universal have to be concerned about the amount of time that has passed since the first movie came out. Wanted might not be in the public consciousness at the moment; however, if the premise of the movie is as fresh as he claims, maybe we'll actually keep our eye on this one.
[via The Playlist]