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Screenwriters back for a Wanted sequel

    May 04, 2008

An interview with 'Wanted' screenwriters Derek Haas and Michael Brandt reveals that the pair have already been tapped to write the sequel.

"We’re just finishing up a book adaptation for Universal of the James Siegel novel 'Deceit.' We’ve been hired to write the sequel to 'Wanted' by the same studio," says Haas. "And we’ve got a few more things in the hopper that it’s a little premature to talk about."

Haas did go on to talk about the first film, which is based on Mark Millar's comic and is due out this summer.

"'Wanted' has been terrific. We first started working on it when only the first issue of the comic came out, and as the book became crazier and crazier, we tried to keep the script grounded. Timur Bekmambetov is directing and has been interesting and gratifying to work with. The movie is going to be a gigantic, hard-R action movie that we hope will satisfy the comic fans."

When asked to expand on his comment about keeping the script grounded, Haas said, "After the second issue, the comic book left the real world and went into a world where super-villains had rid the world of superheroes. It was sort of a mafia story told against that backdrop. So we kept that tone and dynamic, but kept it mostly in the real world, though we do play with things like physics, so it is still a heightened world. It’s something you’ll see from the first trailer; it’s harder to explain here in print."


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