“Wanted” co-scribe Derek Haas says that he and partner Michael Brandt are back at work on a script for a sequel.
Based on the Mark Millar comic, the 2008 feature followed an accounts manager (James McAvoy) who learns his father was a professional assassin for a secret guild, and soon takes over his job. Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman and Common also starred.
After pulling in $341 million worldwide on a $75 million budget, talk of a sequel was stirring but nothing seemed to make any real progress.
Now, Haas tells Hollywood.com he and Brandt are finishing up their second draft of the sequel’s script after the studio invited them back last year.
Haas says: “We got that call that you always love as a screenwriter. ‘Can you guys please come back?’ We loved the world. That experience was great. We said, ‘Well here’s what we want to do with the sequel.’ And they said, ‘Okay.'”
Angelina Jolie’s Fox character will NOT be resurrected as earlier rumored. Rather McAvoy’s Wesley character will find himself the mentor this time out.
Haas says: “The will pick up the story four years later. It’s ‘Where is Wesley four years after the events of the first movie?’ The only thing I can tell you is that Wesley [James McAvoy] is now, four years later, recruiting a young woman who is in his situation in the first movie. She’s got a sh**ty life. He’s sort of in the Fox role. This new girl is brought into the world.”