Universal Has Wanted Sequel Already in Development!
I just returned from a screening of Wanted earlier tonight and I couldn't be more excited to report back that this movie kicks an immense amount of ass. So much so that I want to see some sequels right away, as was the exact feeling I had at the end of Iron Man. There is no easy way to put it - Wanted surpassed all of my expectations and has the potential to become an amazing franchise. On that note, I'm also happy to report that it seems Universal is as confident in this film as I am excited and has already been working on sequels for quite some time. In fact, the writers, Derek Haas and Michael Brandt, first mentioned that they had already been hired for the sequel way back in September of last year. Now Terence Stamp also chimes in to confirm that he's already planning on returning for more. Excited?
In an interview with Pajiba last year, screenwriters Derek Haas and Michael Brandt told them that they have "been hired to write the sequel to Wanted by the same studio." That news meant nothing back then because I didn't know how truly incredible the film would be, which is why this has all become oh so relevant right now. In addition, Terence Stamp very recently told MTV that his character will return as well. "I play a character who's called Pekwarsky. He's an enigmatic character who doesn't feature a lot in the first one, but it's something that's written for a sequel." It's definitely true that a sequel has possibly already been written or at least is already in the works at Universal.
I won't dare spoil anything about the character of Pekwarsky, but let's just say that the ending certainly leaves open the possibility of a sequel. In fact, this could instantly become a franchise, only as a trilogy, however. We can't forget that Wanted is based on Mark Millar's comic of the same name. That comic is a mini-series that only ran for six issues from 2003 to 2004 under Image Comics. It's a self-contained story and doesn't really need to run on forever. After seeing Wanted, I could definitely see a very strong story put together involving James McAvoy's Wesley Gibson character that would span two more films and finish in one epic finale. He's a character that really only has one life - and that's not a spoiler.
Haas and Brandt, who wrote 2 Fast 2 Furious, Catch That Kid, 3:10 to Yuma, and are currently working on Spy Hunter and The A-Team, really showed their ability to write a strong action script with Wanted. The film kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time, unlike Iron Man. Robert Downey Jr. carried that film along with it's great story, but in Wanted it's director Timur Bekmambetov's talents combined with Haas' and Brandt's story that really made this movie so entertaining from start to finish. I'd love to see them finish off a trilogy and I'm already anxious to see this story continue on! Keep up the great work Haas and Brandt!