Thursday, September 29, 2011

Brandt and Haas hired for WANTED 2

Universal Studio has hired Michael Brandt and Derek Haas to write "Wanted 2,"
"We just always loved the 'Wanted' world and loved working with Universal and (director) Timur (Bekmambetov) on the first one, so we're excited," Haas said. He said he doesn't know who will direct. The writer said he'd love to work with Bekmambetov again, "but he's a busy guy."

WANTED grossed $341 million worldwide on a $75 million budget. And with that kind of success, it's a given that the studio would want to give a sequel a shot, in hopes of repeating the same success.
WANTED was actually an adaptation of a comic book limited series by Mark Millar, about an amoral protagonist who discovers he is the heir to a career as a supervillain assassin in a world where such villains have secretly taken control of the planet. But although this movie adaptation altered many significant storyline details from the comic book, it still proved to be one of the well-made and successful comic book film adaptations.

"Wanted 2" is "going to take off after the events of what just happened (in the first movie)," Haas said. "Pick up Wesley a few years later and go back in for another round."

Brandt and Haas' collaborations have been fruitful and the pair boast a record of hits. The two wrote the 2003 "2 Fast 2 Furious," the 2007 "3:10 to Yuma" and, of course, "Wanted."

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