Timur Bekmambetov Says "Shocking" Sequel To 'Wanted' Will Follow James McAvoy's Wesley Gibson & Features A "Great Twist"

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by Gabe Toro
June 18, 2012 9:40 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: While there has been much talk, a sequel to "Wanted" has been moving slowly. While the original writers were hired to pen a sequel last fall, it remained to seen how they would continue from the blood-soaked finale of the first film, a breakneck comic book actioner from director Timur Bekmambetov that grossed $341 million worldwide. With an ending featuring a bloodbath that killed the most important characters, not to mention the biggest names in the cast, a follow-up looked like a tricky proposition, but it looks like that particular story nut has been cracked.

We spoke to Bekmambetov over the weekend during press rounds for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" and learned that "Wanted 2" is very much moving forward. "An unbelievable thing happened three weeks ago," Bekmambetov said. "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."

It seems to suggest the status quo, or what's left of it, would be shaken up, though Bekmambetov says it would closely follow the events of the first film. "It's a continuation of the story, with Wesley Gibson," he confirms, discussing the character played by James McAvoy in the first film. But he laments, "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."

He's also spent the last four years developing "Moby Dick," a big screen version of the famed novel by Herman Melville. "I am trying to touch all famous American icons. Moby Dick, Lincoln, Edison," he joked, the last one referring to one of his next directorial efforts, "The Current War" ("It's an unbelievable script"). "It will be a bigger than life story, and it's got a great twist for the famous story. The idea is, it's exactly what's in the book, from a different character point of view."

However, don't look for Bekmambetov's Ridley Scott-produced adaptation of "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea." One of many Jules Verne adaptations at major studios, it seems as if it's very mention had struck a chord with Bekmambetov. He does confirm that it's not dead, however, saying, "It's still somewhere, it's not really moving forward. I was busy with Lincoln, so I didn't have time. I don't really want to talk about it, because I don't really like where we are at now, and it's not really something I want to do. And I don't know if they will find a way to fix it."

"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" opens this Friday.

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7 Comments

  • lmao | July 2, 2012 11:16 PMReply

    Guess what happens when you don't put the NAME of the STAR of the movie, 'Wanted,' Angelina Jolie (one of the only reasons it did 341 million worldwide) in your little blurb of a story above? Answer: NO ONE reads your little blurb on James McAvoy's 'Wanted,' on the web, or cares. See, here it is July 2nd, and I'm just now reading this, as it's been regurgitated/aggregated on a website known as HOME to ANGELINA JOLIE fans (Just Jareds) today (July 2nd)...coincidence? I don't think so.

  • AH | June 19, 2012 4:42 PMReply

    We'll see how it turns out but it always makes me nervous when a director says that "I came up with a great idea and I pitched this idea and everybody fell in love with it."

  • Christian | June 19, 2012 12:24 AMReply

    I thought Fincher was doing 20,000 leagues?

  • dan | June 19, 2012 4:51 PM

    He still might be. As it says above, there are different versions in development. And Bekmambetov's version isn't really moving forward, so...

  • Jesse | June 18, 2012 7:50 PMReply

    "a bloodbath that killed the most important characters" Uhm, I thought Wesley was the most important character. McAvoy was the only reason I saw this strange movie and the only reason I'd drag myself to see a sequel.

  • Finn | June 18, 2012 10:40 AMReply

    For me 'Wanted' didn't kill all "the most important characters"--because Wesley Gibson lives. If the script is finished by next June, James McAvoy's dance card will be open after filming the sequel to "X-Men: First Class."

  • caro | June 18, 2012 9:50 AMReply

    the great twist is ....Angelina Jolie's character has a twin!

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