Derek Haas On Wanted Sequel
The screenwriter for the 2008 adaptation of the graphic novel Wanted talks about the sequel, sharing some details on what he and co-writer Michael Brandt intend to accomplish with the film and whether or not director Timur Bekmambetov will return to direct...
Speaking with Screen Rant, Derek Haas - who co-wrote the first Wanted film and is working on the sequel - talks about the upcoming second installment, saying that he'll 'wrestle' director Timur Bekmambetov (who directed the first installment) to return for the sequel. He also says that new characters will be introduced to the Wanted world while remaining grounded, and implies that there currently isn't a production schedule as of yet (since only the screenplay is being worked on right now). For more from Haas, click the link below.
On Twitter, you said that your draft of Wanted 2 wouldn’t feature the Fox character or the “Loom of Fate.” What elements of The Fraternity will return for the second film? Will the four other chapters of The Fraternity from Mark Millar’s original graphic novel play a role in the new movie? Also, given that the organization is supposed to be 1,000 years old, will you draw on the history of The Fraternity for the screenplay?
I think I’ve said too much already. I’m one of those guys who doesn’t even like to watch trailers because I’d rather the whole film be a surprise when I walk into the theater. This movie is going to introduce some new characters to the WANTED world while staying grounded. We tried to do that in the first one, and we’ll try to do it here. In the first movie, the mantra was “kill one, save a thousand.” We’re going to turn that on its head.
Timur Bekmambetov’s over-the-top action sequences were one of the main reasons that Wanted was a huge hit at the box office. Not knowing whether Bekmambetov will return for the sequel, will you be writing action sequences differently to match the director’s unique visual style?
I am going to wrestle that Russian maniac into Universal and make him direct this one again.
Obviously, your job is to turn in the best draft of the screenplay you can write, but what else do you know about the film’s development schedule? If Universal loves your screenplay, what else needs to fall into place to get Wanted 2 on the big screen?
If you tried to game out all of the “what ifs” on how a movie gets to screen, you’d drive yourself insane. All you can do is write the screenplay you’d want to see on the screen, and hope that everyone else shares that vision.
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