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Universal & Millar Plans for WANTED 2

But is it too early to talk about this?

By Jarrod Sarafin     June 24, 2008
Source: Mark Millar's messageboards


Angelina Jolie in Wanted.
© Universal Pictures
Nothing shocking about an author being very excited about an adaptation of his work hitting the big screen as Mark Millar's Wanted is about to do in a few days. There's also nothing shocking about a sequel getting planned before the first movie hits theaters in this day and age. Still, Mark Millar probably should have waited until the box office results were in before posting the following announcement as his messageboards.

Wanted 2 already being planned and they've asked me how I can develop some of the other stuff from the book into the sequel. We'll see what box office is like at the weekend, but everyone knows this is going to make a LOT of dough.

The film---which stars
James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Terence Stamp, Thomas Kretschmann, Common and Angelina Jolie---will be hitting 3,100+ theaters this weekend against Pixar's Wall-E (3,900 theaters). Timur Bekmambetov directed the comic adaptation for Universal Pictures, based on a screenplay by Michael Brandt, Derek Haas and Chris Morgan. To check out some of the various clips and trailers, hit the Wanted link above.

Plot Summary: Based upon Mark Millar's explosive graphic novel series and helmed by stunning visualist director Timur Bekmambetov--creator of the most successful Russian film franchise in history, the Night Watch series--Wanted tells the tale of one apathetic nobody's transformation into an unparalleled enforcer of justice. In 2008, the world will be introduced to a hero for a new generation: Wesley Gibson.

25-year-old Wes (James McAvoy) was the most disaffected, cube-dwelling drone the planet had ever known. His boss chewed him out hourly, his girlfriend ignored him routinely and his life plodded on interminably. Everyone was certain this disengaged slacker would amount to nothing. There was little else for Wes to do but wile away the days and die in his slow, clock-punching rut.

Until he met a woman named Fox (Angelina Jolie).

After his estranged father is murdered, the deadly sexy Fox recruits Wes into the Fraternity, a secret society that trains Wes to avenge his dad's death by unlocking his dormant powers. As she teaches him how to develop lightning-quick reflexes and phenomenal agility, Wes discovers this team lives by an ancient, unbreakable code: carry out the death orders given by fate itself.

With wickedly brilliant tutors--including the Fraternity's enigmatic leader, Sloan (Morgan Freeman)--Wes grows to enjoy all the strength he ever wanted. But, slowly, he begins to realize there is more to his dangerous associates than meets the eye. And as he wavers between newfound heroism and vengeance, Wes will come to learn what no one could ever teach him: he alone controls his destiny.

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mortellan 6/24/2008 5:32:04 AM
The owner of the local comic shop I go to told me Wanted's movie adaptation is only true to the comic for the first 20 minutes, after that it is completely fabricated. Mainly in the fact that the main characters in the comic are villains if at best anti-heroes, not as this article describes them 'unparalleled enforcers of justice.' I'm sure the movie will be decent, but my point is how can Millar be excited about a SEQUEL if his work is going to be routinely put through the ringer and changed, unless he is just a sell-out who is only excited for the money? Frank Miller wouldn't stand for anything but the closest adaptation of his graphic novels, I guess MM doesn't have the same rep.
silverspear67 6/24/2008 6:16:54 AM
mortellan - The article clearly points only to Wes being an 'unparalleled enforcer of justice'. He will come to realize that they aren't what they seem to be.
AMiSHPiRATE 6/24/2008 6:50:11 AM
when I first read the TP a few years back, I thought, "wow, this has a lot of honesty about people." The last page was pretty awesome. hearing about the movie, I'm not sure how it's really based on the book. I don't recall the guy having any special powers in the book. It was more just about getting rid of his inhibitions and being a member of a club that's allowed to do anything. That was a really cool concept to explore. The idea of someone realizing they have super-powers, using/mastering said super-powers, and then fighting his former friends (as james mcavoy will probably be fighting morgan freeman and anelina jolie by the films end) isn't nearly as interesting of a concept.
ponyboy76 6/24/2008 7:21:26 AM
Well, its been pointed out in quite a few articles that this movie is pretty much completely different to the source material. Wanted was highly violent and graphic with some really fucked up scenes. The plot of this movie is totally different. And if I remember correctly in the graphic novel, he did have the same powers. The big difference in the story is that from jump, the group he joins are super-villains who secretly rule the world and the main character basically becomes this crazed, sadistic killing machine with no remorse or conscience, who does whatever he wants, including rape and murder. Somehow, I don`t think a faithful adaptation of the book could ever be made. It would end up NC-17.
chocobar 6/24/2008 9:53:14 AM
I had no idea this was based on a comic. From what you guys are saying, I think I might have to pick it up. Sounds pretty cool. As for the movie, I'm expecting it to be on par with Bourne Identity. Good action scenes, basic plot, good eye candy popcorn movie. Nothing to tax the brain. And of course Angelina. Her alone is worth the price of admission.
hanso 6/24/2008 10:35:35 AM
This guy sold out his soul.
darkheart00 6/24/2008 11:59:24 AM
chocobar, "Wanted" is one of the best graphic novels ever created. It is one hell of a sadistic ride. The movie will never be able to match it's intensity. Do yourself a favor and go pick the book up immediately.
almostunbiased 6/24/2008 12:06:48 PM
I'm looking forward to wanted, but I say hold those ponies. Let's wait and see if this movies good first.
samson 6/24/2008 12:09:30 PM
It's my understanding that the reason the movie is so different from the comic, is because the rights to the movie were sold before the comic was even done. Basically, they bought the concept without there even being a story. So, based on that on concept, the movie's plot took one direction, and the graphic novel took another.
scoundrel 6/24/2008 1:53:51 PM
I read the comic book. It had it's moments, that's for sure, and could have been GREAT but it lost a lot of my interest when it veered into gangwar territory. The movie looks completely different but could be fun. Others who have read the comic, though, a question: WTF is so great about the last page? It came off as pretentious at best, and juvenile at worst (especially the further away I am from it).
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