Timur Bekmambetov sprung some interesting news while touring in support of "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." The director told Indiewire that he finally made a breakthrough with the story for a sequel to his 2008 comic book adaptation "Wanted."
There has been a lot of talk about a followup to that action film, but problems always rested in the fact that most of the big name cast died at the end of the original movie.
"Wanted" is based on a comic book series by author Mark Millar, the same writer who penned the original source material for "Kick-Ass." Originally published in 2003, "Wanted" features a character who tires of his life until one day he learns he is the son of a powerful super villain. He quickly learns he has special powers that lead him to become a powerful assassin for a criminal organization that has eliminated all superheroes from the world.
As drawn, the character of Wesley was highly influenced by Eminem and the comic was a mature read thanks to the violence or the amoral lead character. Two villains help lead him along the way: the sexy Fox and The Professor, a scientist who helps teach Wesley how to use his powers.
Bekmambetov worked himself into a corner with his adaptation of "Wanted." In the books, a lot of characters died, including The Professor, played in the movie by Morgan Freeman. However, Bekmambetov went even further than that with his movie. The biggest name in the movie, the one who helped sell it, was not James McAvoy as Wesley. The biggest name was Angelina Jolie, who played Fox.
In the comics, Fox lived through the end. In the movie, Bekmambetov went ahead and killed her off. There have been many discussions about how to bring Fox back somehow for the sequel, as Jolie could help sell the movie once again. However, unless she is used only in flashbacks, there is not much of a way around the fact that the character is dead.
In comics, characters return from the dead all the time. Jean Grey of The X-Men is a perfect example. That works in comic books because fans are used to death and resurrection on a rolling basis.
That said, such an approach would never, ever work in a movie. When you see someone die, they stay dead in movies. If the character returns, most audiences refuse to accept it. Perhaps Bekmambetov has found a way around this impasse, though.
"An unbelievable thing happened three weeks ago," he told Indiewire. "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."
Will the idea be to somehow reincarnate Fox? Bekmambetov later noted the sequel can't bring back dead characters from the first movie, this "Wanted" acting as a continuation of Wesley's story. Where the followup goes from here is an idea the director is still keeping close to his chest.
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