If it's crap ... We'll tell you
It seems fitting that we are but a few days from the release of Timur Bekmambetov's 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' and we're getting whiffs of new developments on the 'Wanted' sequel. The 2008 film, loosely based on Mark Millar's graphic novel, told the story of a low level desk-jockey (James McAvoy) who one day finds out his father was an assassin; a revelation that throws him headlong into a series of shootouts, car chases, and otherwise absurd action set pieces. Apparently, the gang behind the original movie has been toying with the idea of a sequel pretty much since the final credits rolled. During an interview, as part of the 'AL:VH' press tour, director Bekmambetov had this to say...
"An unbelievable thing happened three weeks ago. Because we stopped, we didn't know what to do for three or four years. Three weeks ago I came up with a great idea and I pitched this idea and everybody fell in love with it. And now I think we're on track. Right now the writer is working on the script, and it will be shocking."
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He seems genuinely excited about it, but this could be a calculated move to ensure attention remains on his current project while simultaneously generating anticipation for the 'Wanted' sequel. That said, I couldn't care less about another 'Wanted.' I'm way more excited about a campy history/fantasy mash-up than I am about another chore like 'Wanted.' I know some people really liked the film, and I don't at all blame them for it, but it did absolutely nothing for me. The major obstacle here is that the film's biggest stars (Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman) were both killed at the end, and there has been no mention of even attempting to bring them back. Granted, trying to force-feed us a storyline wherein those two survived would be moronic, but without the two of them I don't really see any reason to do a sequel. I don't know, maybe my distaste for this film is making me short-sighted.
Any fans of 'Wanted' excited about a sequel? Any ideas where they could go with the plot to make it work?