Platt Develops Wanted 2 & Musicals

Marc Platt Productions has re-signed for five more years with Universal Pictures says Variety.

The company has just begun work on a sequel to “Wanted” in development with the original film’s director Timur Bekmambetov and writers Michael Brandt and Derek Haas. Work has begun on the script and while he’s not locked the hope is to get star James McAvoy to return.

The company is also developing several musicals including a new film version of “Jesus Christ Superstar”, Rob Marshall’s “Nine”, a biopic of George Gershwin, and the film version of the recent musical hit “Wicked”.

On the latter, Platt confirms they are in early movie talks with “Wicked” showrunners Marc and Stephen Schwartz, and that book writer Winnie Holzman will write the script.

Platt has setup a number of projects at the studio for the next few years. These include the Edgar Wright-directed “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”, the Neil Marshall-directed “Drive”, and the Joe Johnston-directed “The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud”. He’s also re-teaming with Bekmambetov on the adaptation of the Christian Gossett sci-fi graphic novel “The Red Star”.