Michael Brandt and Derek Haas Returning to Write 'Wanted 2'

Tuesday, 27 September 2011 12:32 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Michael Brandt and Derek Haas Returning to Write 'Wanted 2'

In 2008, the summer action movie Wanted managed the rare feat of incorporating Angelina Jolie's bare backside, exploding rats, inexplicable looms, an expletive-spouting Morgan Freeman, and intentionally ludicrous physics for 110 minutes of entertainment that felt like a hyperactive 13 year-old boy's sketchbook coming to screaming, disjointed life.  Given that the film went on to earn $341.4 million globally, talk of a sequel was natural, though it seemed to die on the vine last year.  Not so, it seems, as according to Derek Haas, and and writing accomplice Michael Brandt have just been hired by Universal Pictures to get to work on Wanted 2.

Along with Chris Morgan, Haas and Brandt contributed to Wanted, which stars James McAvoy as a feeble, repressed cubicle jockey who discovers that his father was a world class assassin and proceeds to become an unstoppable weapon of fate and enjoy a dalliance with Jolie, who plays the gun-wielding Fox.  Today, Haas tweeted, "Michael and I were just hired by Uni to write WANTED 2."

Shortly thereafter, The Playlist caught up with Hass, who divulged just a bit more information, though he was vague on details and it seems a whole lot regarding Wanted 2 is simply up in the air.  "Wanted 2" is "going to take off after the events of what just happened," Haas explained. "Pick up Wesley a few years later and go back in for another round."

Haas added that he and Brandt thoroughly enjoyed working with Universal and director Timur Bekmambetov on the original film, and that he'd love to see Bekmambetov return for another go, "but he's a busy guy."  The Russian-born director is current in post-production on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which is set for a 3D release in the summer of 2012.  And someday he might finish off the Russian trilogy he began with Night Watch and Day Watch.

While James McAvoy is a necessary ingredient, it's more than likely that Jolie won't return.  For a while there, she showed a passing interest in reprising her role, despite the narrative difficulty of Fox being (spoiler) conclusively dead.  Her interest waned and I wouldn't bet on it returning.  Chris Morgan is also unlikely to return, as he's busy writing a sixth The Fast and the Furious feature for Universal at the moment, having made the studio very happy with Fast Five.

Michael Brandt, meanwhile, makes his directorial debut with espionage thriller The Double, co-written by he and Haas.  That film, starring Richard Gere, Topher Grace, and Stephen Moyer, is set to hit theaters in October.

In adapting the first Wanted, the creative team abandoned much of the Mark Millar-written comic book on which it was ostensibly based.  Perhaps a sequel could see some of source material incorporated into the story?


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