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WANTED 2 gets scripted

POOH writer makes unlikely candidate

By Rob M. Worley     April 17, 2009

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Although the synergy may seem unlikely, up-and-coming screenwriter  Evan Spiliotopoulos has been tapped to pen the script for the sequel to last year's comic-based blockbuster 'Wanted'.  Unlikely because Spiliotopoulos' most recent claims to fame are the Disney's  'Pooh's Heffalump Movie' and 'Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie'.

The writer will be working from a concept by Chris Morgan, architect of the first in the series. The article does not mention or explain why Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, who co-wrote the original are not returning. Last May the trades announced that they were on board for part two.

Timur Bekmambetov is said to be on board as director and producer of the sequel. Marc E. Platt and Jim Lemley are producing as well.

The original was, of course, based on the comic by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones. Millar's next comic-to-film prospect, 'Kick-Ass' is due in theaters later this year.

Spiliotopoulos has penned another comics adapatation,  'Agnes Quill', based on the graphic novel by Dave Roman.


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Whiskeymovie 4/17/2009 6:24:28 AM

ummmm...woah....I don't remember any slo-mo or brains splattering in Pooh's Hefalump movie, but then again, I didn't get the unrated directors cut of it either....damn my cheapness

I really dug Wanted, so I would be psyched to see a sequel, as long as they do it well. I am not gonna hold my breath, but will wait and see what happens.


On a side note, I was just checking out some things on Amazon, and noticed that on May 12,   S. Darko: A Donie Darko Tale is going to be realsed on video. I guess this was the sequel that they were talking about for awhile and I guess it went direct to video. Go figure. It could prove interesting, but I doubt it.

xenomorph 4/17/2009 7:03:10 AM

It won't be interesting whisky. The cast and crew from the first donnie darko, including the writer/directer who came up with the original story, had nothing to do with s. darko.h

samurai1138 4/17/2009 7:41:34 AM

hmmm, with no input from Mark Millar, I guess that means no ticket money from me.

Bryzarro 4/17/2009 8:21:56 AM

I guess the game might have trumped them on a sequel story. 

vlomski 4/17/2009 8:23:02 AM

WOW, That's great the first one was an overextravegant snore fest, cant wait to see a second with a worse script! i'm sure glad studios are cranking out alot of crappy movie versions of graphic novels now, cause lord knows i'd rather see alot of SHITTY movies as opposed to a few exceptional ones!

robbo 4/17/2009 9:25:55 AM

Samurai: Millar has input. He's a producer and has posted on his website that he's been consulting on the sequel.

Hobbs 4/17/2009 1:13:02 PM

I thought the original was a fun movie. I don't think it needs a sequel.  Kind of like Gladiator...just leave it alone man.  You don't need a sequel or prequel just because the first one made money.

fft5305 4/17/2009 1:39:38 PM

Whiskey, go add the director's cut to your Netflix queue. Pooh does this hella cool sideways slo-mo jump through the air with a gun in each hand and blows Heffalump's head clean off.  He lands, rolls, and proceeds to open a can of whoop-ass kung fu on Kanga, Roo, Piglet and Owl until he's left facing Tigger alone.  I don't want to ruin the ending for you, but suffice it to say, the Hundred Acre Wood will never be the same!

Wiseguy 4/17/2009 1:49:09 PM

vlomski said all I wanted to say. The first one sucked and now trying milk it it means this one will suck more.

mortellan 4/17/2009 2:58:21 PM

Would the Kick-ass movie be considered a spoiler for the comic, if the comic itself isn't as far along when the film comes out? Totally backward. Millar has the midas touch these days. I bet he could write a script title on a napkin and get it green-lighted.

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