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‘Wanted 2’ Coming with Shocking Twist, Says Director Bekmambetov

'Wanted 2' Coming with Shocking Twist, Says Director Bekmambetov

How to write a sequel for a hit film that kills off its best characters? Even though Angelina Jolie said no to bringing her character back to life, Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov has found a way for “Wanted.” While on the promo circuit for “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” (opening Friday, which the writer discusses with toh! here), the director tells ThePlaylist that the sequel to the 2008 hit is moving forward. “Three weeks ago I came up with a great idea and I pitched this idea and everybody fell in love with it,” Bekmambetov says. “And now I think we’re on track. Right now the writer is working on the script, and it will be shocking.”

He adds that it will be a continuation of the story with James McAvoy’s Wesley Gibson character, but “other people are dead, you know, we can’t bring them back. The story is the same character, same mythology, but it’s got a great twist.”

ThePlaylist also has more on Bekmambetov’s “Moby Dick” adaptation and the stalled “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.”

Trailers for “Abraham Lincoln” and “Wanted” below:

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This comment by Manohla Dargis in the NYT review of "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" seems relevant here…

" If only Mr. Bekmambetov had a strong sense of narrative rhythm and proportion, and as great a commitment to life as he does to death and all the ways bodies can be digitally pulverized."


Forget Jolie–how about Helena Bonham Carter? Now there's an actress!


Give me a break!!!! Timur has no idea what he's doing as a film-maker. This movie was horrible, and the sequel will be horrible as well. He calls it a shocking twist. How much you wanna bet, Angelina Jolie is alive!!


Where do I sign a petition to have Fassbender join this cast? His chemistry with McAvoy in X-Men: First Class was better than McAvoy's chemistry with Jolie.


Whatever happened to Keira Knightley playing the female lead in the sequel? I'd be first in line.

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