Wanted Already Getting a Sequel? Really?
One of this summer's upcoming comic book adaptations that seems to have the least amount of buzz is Wanted. While I do think it could be fairly entertaining, I just don't think it's up there with the likes of Iron Man, Hellboy II, or The Dark Knight. And odd bit of news has recently been discovered surrounding Wanted - a sequel is already in the works. In fact, it has been since September of last year. SlashFilm recently discovered an interview over at Pajiba with the film's writers, Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, who said back in September of last year that they were already hired to write a sequel.
Brandt and Haas are a screenwriting duo who have written screenplays for films like 2 Fast 2 Furious, Catch That Kid, and 3:10 to Yuma. The movie Wanted is actually based on a comic book written by Mark Millar. The two clearly state in their interview last year for 3:10 to Yuma that, "we've been hired to write the sequel to Wanted by the same studio." At that time, not only was there not even a trailer yet (the first one was in October), but Universal hadn't even moved the release date yet. It was later switched from late March to June - a very confident and bold move. Are they really so sure that this is going to be such a huge hit that a sequel has been in the works since last year?
Although they didn't say anything else about the sequel, this is what Brandt and Haas said about Wanted.
"Wanted has been terrific. We first started working on it when only the first issue of the comic came out, and as the book became crazier and crazier, we tried to keep the script grounded. Timur Bekmambetov is directing and has been interesting and gratifying to work with. The movie is going to be a gigantic, hard-R action movie that we hope will satisfy the comic fans."
My question to everyone out there is whether this really seems like a good idea. I'm not claiming this is a 100% official - everyone knows that the studio won't greenlight a sequel until they see how much money it makes in June. However, they've already got a script and, from the sounds of it, are trying to turn it into a big franchise that will be loved by many for years to come. Can anyone really see that happening? Especially with the crowded summer line-up this year? Is anyone going to watch Wanted and remember it as the best movie of the summer? I really doubt it…