Wanted's Mark Millar Responds to Pooh Writer Mayhem
by Alex Billington
April 21, 2009
A couple of days ago we reported on Universal's choice to hire a writer named Evan Spiliotopoulos to work on the script for Wanted 2. However, Spiliotopoulos's only past writing credits include such Disney classics as Pooh's Heffalump Movie and The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning. Everyone I know has made fun of Evan for this, even though I try to remind people that he's probably just a writer working in Disney for the moment, but capable of so much more. Well, Wanted creator Mark Millar chimed in via his own forums today and states exactly what always I thought about Spiliotopoulos - he's got more in him.
"Never listen to any commentators as they never know anything about who's coming back, etc. It's just speculation and 99% of the time these guys don't have access to the people who know. Wanted 2 is being made in a very tight circle at the moment," Millar says in response to an MTV article complaining about Spiliotopoulos' involvement. He continues, "As a producer on the thing, I'm excited. I know who's in it and after doing $342 million at the box office, we have series [sic] money to spend on everything from cast to crew to script." And lastly, the most important part: "This guy is supposed to be really good. He did a GREAT action script recently (on an unproduced movie) and that's what got him this gig."
What most people don't know about Hollywood is that there's a lot going on behind closed doors. For example, this guy may have been working for Disney since 2003, but he probably wants to write other things then scripts about Pooh and Tinker Bell. So the action script that he wrote, which has probably been bought or is making its rounds in Hollywood, has gotten him other jobs. Just because he has worked on Pooh previously doesn't mean he's a writer who should be laughed at. It just means that's the path he chose. This story is being blown way out of proportion, so I'm glad at least Millar was able to set things straight.