What does Mark Miller’s graphic novel Wanted and the children’s classic Winnie the Pooh have in common? On the surface it seems like absolutely nothing, but Universal saw something and they’re going to use it. According to THR, the studio has just hired a writer for the sequel to the 2008 comic blockbuster and it’s none other than Evan Spiliotopoulos. He’s the guy who co-wrote the screenplay for Pooh’s Heffalump Movie, and it’s Halloween spin-off.
Mark Miller gives some details about the story for Wanted 2 after the jump.
According to /Film, Miller stated that the sequel will include some of the material that wasn’t used from the first book in the original film. “So in the loosest sense it will be based on the book, but only very little.” Wanted 2 will be produced by Marc E. Platt and Jim Lemley, with the Timur Bekmambetov returning to direct. The first film was co-written by Chris Morgan, Derek Haas, and Michael Brandt. There had been rumors that Morgan had written an early draft for the sequel, but it’s probably dunzo now that Spiliotopoulos is on board.
I’m not familiar with Spiliotopoulos’ work at all, so I don’t even know what to make of this news. I remember the commercials for the Heffalump movie and I absolutely hated them. Those things seriously annoyed me. I think this is a brave choice for the studio and Millar to put this in his hands.
What do you think about Spiliotopoulos being hired to write Wanted 2?