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

by Sophia Savage
June 18, 2012 4:07 PM
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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:


  • rgm | June 24, 2012 11:56 AMReply

    This comment by Manohla Dargis in the NYT review of "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" seems relevant here...

    " If only Mr. Bekmambetov had a strong sense of narrative rhythm and proportion, and as great a commitment to life as he does to death and all the ways bodies can be digitally pulverized."

  • Roland | June 19, 2012 1:42 PMReply

    Forget Jolie--how about Helena Bonham Carter? Now there's an actress!

  • Rohan | June 18, 2012 5:24 PMReply

    Give me a break!!!! Timur has no idea what he's doing as a film-maker. This movie was horrible, and the sequel will be horrible as well. He calls it a shocking twist. How much you wanna bet, Angelina Jolie is alive!!

  • Mark | June 18, 2012 4:39 PMReply

    Where do I sign a petition to have Fassbender join this cast? His chemistry with McAvoy in X-Men: First Class was better than McAvoy's chemistry with Jolie.

  • Quif | June 19, 2012 1:30 PM

    While I couldn't agree more about the fantastic chemistry between McAvoy and Fassbender--and look forward to them acting in something outside of the X-Men franchise!--don't their 3-movie contracts forbid them from starring together outside of the franchise while the contracts are valid?

  • J | June 18, 2012 4:13 PMReply

    Whatever happened to Keira Knightley playing the female lead in the sequel? I'd be first in line.

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