'Wanted' and 'Monsters' Sequels Move Forward

'Wanted' and 'Monsters' Sequels Move Forward

Jun 18, 2012

There's been a lot of chatter surrounding a sequel to Timur Bekmambetov action-thriller Wanted. We don't wish to spoil the film's ending for you, but let's just say it wasn't exactly your typical happy Hollywood finale and left the future of the comic book-inspired tale (from Mark Millar and J. G. Jones) in question. Last fall the same writers were brought back to the project for round two, but we haven't had any major updates until now. The Playlist spoke with the director during press for his politico-bloodsucker flick Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, who shared that Wanted 2 is, "very much moving forward."

"An unbelievable thing happened three weeks ago," Bekmambetov told the website. "Because we stopped, we didn't know what to do for three or four years. Three weeks ago I came up with a great idea and I pitched this idea and everybody fell in love with it. And now I think we're on track. Right now the writer is working on the script, and it will be shocking."

Bekmambetov shared that the sequel will be a "continuation of the story, with Wesley Gibson," played by James McAvoy in the first film. He's the down on his luck, dead-end cubicle zombie whose life changes when he discovers a few unusual family ties. "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," the filmmaker teased. With promises this big, we're happy to wait a while longer. What about you?

In other sequel news, Brit sci-fi creature feature Monsters from Gareth Edwards — who is now directing the Godzilla reboot — was an SXSW standout. We already know that a sequel was announced for the low-budget gem, with Edwards executive producing and short film directors Brent Bonacarso and Jesse Atlas readying to helm the project. However, The Playlist reports that there's been some changes to the crew. 

Filmmaker Tom Green, who will be able to count the Monsters sequel as his first feature, worked on the cult British superhero drama series Misfits and will be taking the reins from Bonacarso and Atlas. The film has also been retitled to Monsters: The Dark Continent, and will see screenwriter Jay Basu — who just finished work on British sprinter story Fast Girls — penning the script. There's no start date for the sequel listed yet, but sometimes no news is good news. Where would you like to see the Monsters storyline headed next?

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