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'Wanted 2' Coming with Shocking Twist, Says Director Bekmambetov

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood June 18, 2012 at 4:07PM

How to write a sequel for a hit film that kills off its best characters? Even though Angelina Jolie said no to bringing her character back to life, Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov has found a way for "Wanted." On the promo circuit for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," the director says that the sequel to the 2008 hit is moving forward.
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'Wanted'
'Wanted'

How to write a sequel for a hit film that kills off its best characters? Even though Angelina Jolie said no to bringing her character back to life, Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov has found a way for "Wanted." While on the promo circuit for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" (opening Friday, which the writer discusses with toh! here), the director tells ThePlaylist that the sequel to the 2008 hit is moving forward. "Three weeks ago I came up with a great idea and I pitched this idea and everybody fell in love with it," Bekmambetov says. "And now I think we're on track. Right now the writer is working on the script, and it will be shocking."

He adds that it will be a continuation of the story with James McAvoy's Wesley Gibson character, but "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."

ThePlaylist also has more on Bekmambetov's "Moby Dick" adaptation and the stalled "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea."

Trailers for "Abraham Lincoln" and "Wanted" below:
 

This article is related to: Sequel, News, Franchises, Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.