Evan Spiliotopoulos the co-writer of Pooh’s Heffallump Movie and The Nutty Professor has been picked by Universal to write the sequel screenplay to Wanted, last summer’s action adventure blockbuster.
An odd choice? From kid friendly cartoons to assasins who can curve bullets and kill for breakfast? Apparently not. Spiliotopoulos, who has so far written kid friendly flicks, including sequels to The Lion King and TheLittle Mermaid is no newcomer to the world of comic books, having recently adapted Dave Roman’s graphic novel Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery for Paramount Pictures.
The original Wanted movie stars James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman and Angelina Jolie and follows the story of Wesley Gibson, a hapless loser whose life is changed after he is recruited by a secret society of assassins, the Fraternity. Slick, sexy, beautifully choreographed. Rated R for strong, bloody violence throughout, pervasive language and some sexuality. Since its release in June 2008, it has raked in as much as $341.4 million worldwide.
The Greek-American writer, who also penned the script for Lionsgate Films’ Battle for Terra, directed by Aristomeni Tsirba (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9JQAHP_twM) is expected to develop the script based on a story by Chris Morgan. With A lister Jolie’s character dead at the end of Wanted (oops, forgot spoiler alert!) it will be interesting to see what Spiliotopoulos can come up with to fill those theatre seats again.
Wanted 2 will be produced by Marc E. Platt and Jim Lemley with Universal production executive Jeff Kirschenbaum overseeing. Director Timur Bekmambetov, who helmed the first film, is attached to direct. Mark Millar, the graphic novel creator says re the sequel,
“As a producer on the thing, I’m excited… we have serious money to spend on everything from cast to crew to script.” Looks like Spiliotopoulos is on to a good thing. Since the news broke last week his popularity has surged a whopping 469% on IMDb.