Evan Spiliotopoulos, co-writer of "Pooh's Heffalump Movie" and its DVD Halloween spinoff, has been hired to write Universal's action sequel "Wanted 2," based on a story by Chris Morgan. Like the original 2008 film, the in-development sequel is based on the comic series created by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones.
Marc E. Platt and Jim Lemley are producing with Timur Bekmambetov, who directed the first film and is attached to helm the sequel. Universal production exec Jeff Kirschenbaum will oversee the project for the studio.
Morgan co-wrote the first film with Michael Brandt and Derek Haas. "Wanted," which starred Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy, grossed $339 million worldwide.
Spiliotopoulos most recently adapted the Dave Roman graphic novel "Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery" for Paramount. He also has "The Last Call" in development at Universal.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Wanted 2 Has A New Writer
As much as I am excited for a sequel to Wanted, this news doesn't help, but bring my excitement down. I haven't heard of this writer and his previous work doesn't bring much faith either. I know for sure that the author of the graphic novel, Mark Millar said in an interview that his ideas from the novel that didn't make it into the first film, were going to be put in the sequel. I really hope the writer doesn't screw up the sequel because its something I'm looking forward to. Wanted was such a fun movie and I have high hopes that the sequel will be much more visceral than the first.