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While doing press for his upcoming musical Into the Woods, producer Marc Platt offered updates on two of his upcoming projects, the action-packed sequel Wanted 2 and another musical adaptation, Wicked.
Just a few days before Wanted hit theaters in 2008, Mark Millar, who wrote the comic book the film is based on, revealed that a sequel was already in the works, although we haven't heard much on the follow-up in the six years that followed that initial announcement. Marc Platt reveals that the script is still being developed, and it isn't quite there yet. But the sequel will happen nonetheless:
"We have a script that's getting pretty good. To do a sequel when it wasn't really set up for a sequel - one of our main characters dies in it. You don't want to just retread a similar story, but when we get the script to a certain bar, there will be a sequel. »
Back in 2008, Wanted came out and was a decent hit for Universal. Based on a comic miniseries by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones, the film starred a relatively unknown James McAvoy and managed to turn make $340+ million on a $75 million budget. Ever since, rumblings of a sequel have ranged from "Oh, definitely!" to "We'll see." Well, Coming Soon had a chance to speak with that film's producers and find out what the status of that film is- now that we're six years removed from the original. One of them, Marc Platt, was willing to speak candidly about where they are in that process.
His answers, though, lead me to believe that we're still at the "wait and see" stage and, with so much time having gone by, I get the feeling it would take a major development for this thing to happen.
Here's what Platt said about the state of »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
We've been hearing rumors of a sequel to "Wanted" ever since the first film hit theaters in 2008 and grossed $341 million worldwide on a budget of $75 million. And now, producer Marc Platt revealed the status of the follow-up. "We have a script that's getting pretty good," he explained. "To do a sequel when it wasn't really set up for a sequel . one of our main characters (played by Angelina Jolie) dies in it. You don't want to just retread a similar story, but when we get the script to a certain bar, there will be a sequel. It's taken a while because it's challenging, as I said, because we lost a main, main character, so where that James McAvoy character goes now... we have good ideas though. It's coming along." Platt went on to confirm that comic book creator Marc Millar will be involved with the sequel. "He's always going to »
He revealed that writer Mark Millar is involved in the comic book sequel.
"We have a script that's getting pretty good," Platt told Coming Soon. "To do a sequel when it wasn't really set up for a sequel - one of our main characters dies in it.
"You don't want to just retread a similar story, but when we get the script to a certain bar, there will be a sequel. It's taken a while because it's challenging, as I said, because we lost a main, main character, so where that James McAvoy character goes now... we have good ideas though. It's coming along."
The first film was loosely based on Millar's comic book miniseries, which was set in a world where supervillains had eradicated all superheroes.
"[Millar is] always going to be involved but he's not going to write the screenplay which is far along, »
Although it's been awhile since we've heard anything about a sequel to Timur Bekmambetov's Wanted, producer Marc Platt recently told Coming Soon they are still interested in doing another movie, and are currently working on the script. But if you haven't seen Wanted, you'll probably want to avoid Platt's comments below about the sequel. Spoiler Alert! We have a script that’s getting pretty good. To do a sequel when it »
- Jesse Giroux
From the earliest days of the website we seem to have been reporting on a potential sequel to 2008's surprise hit, Wanted. The original movie starred James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman, with Timur Bekmambetov directing. And the first film ate up $341m at the global box office, Wanted 2 has been on the cards ever since.
However, Wanted 2 appeared to have fallen off-radar in recent years, and we'd assumed that the project had quietly been dropped. Not so though, says producer Marc Platt. "We have a script that’s getting pretty good", he told Coming Soon. "You don’t want to just retread a similar story, but when we get the script to a certain bar, there will be a sequel. It’s taken a while because it’s challenging. »
It's hard to believe that it has been more than six years since the release of 2008's Wanted. Interest in a sequel has been lukewarm at best. The film seemed to come to a natural conclusion. One of the film's main attractions, Angelina Jolie's 'Fox,' had been killed off. Producer, Marc Platt, told comingsoon.net that the sequel is still coming together. “We have a script that’s getting pretty good,” Platt explained. “To do a sequel when it wasn’t really set up for a sequel–one of our main characters dies in it. You don’t want to just retread a similar story, but when we get the script to a certain bar, there will be a sequel. It’s taken a while because it’s challenging, as I said, because we lost a main, main character, so where that James McAvoy character goes now… we have good ideas though. »
Guardians of the Galaxy fans are in for a special treat today, with the entire soundtrack, also known as the "Awesome Mix Volume 1," available for a free, legal download through Google Play. This offer is good for today only (November 19), to help promote this week's Digital HD release of the Marvel Phase Two adventure, before it arrives on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD December 9.
The soundtrack, which is a compilation of hit songs from the 1960s and 1970s, was a big hit in its own right, topping the Billboard 200 sales charts shortly after Guardians of the Galaxy arrived in theaters, en route to going platinum. This free download offer is good for U.S. residents only, and the soundtrack will go back to its regular price tomorrow, so hurry and clickHere to get your free digital copy right now.
For those who prefer a retro approach, the soundtrack will also »
With the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack “Awesome Mix Volume One” being the second biggest selling soundtrack in the Us this year (behind Frozen, also released by Disney), James Gunn has taken to Facebook to list off the prequel album - “Awesome Mix Volume Zero”.
Check out the track list below:
2. Party Hard – Andrew W.K.
3. The Way It Was – Aceyalone (feat Bionik)
5. Let’s Dance to Joy Division – The Wombats
6. Start Wearing Purple – Gogol Bordello
8. Teenagers – My Chemical Romance
9. Black Fist – Juskwam and Lyrikill
10. Timebomb – The Old 97’s
“As many of you know, music is an extremely important part of Guardians of the Galaxy,” Gunn writes. “I chose the songs on Awesome Mix ahead of time, and even included them in the script. Where possible, the songs were played live on »
- Luke Owen
Ilya Naishuller, the filmmaker who brought us the two Pov action short films "Insane Office Escape" and "Insane Office Escape Part 2," is developing a feature length film called Hardcore. This movie will be the first ever action film entirely shot from the Pov of the main character. The film stars Sharlto Copley (District 9, A-Team), and it’s being produced by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted).
They are currently trying to secure the funding they need to finish the movie at Indiegogo, and they’ve released some badass teaser footage that gives you an idea of what they are trying to accomplish. Here’s a description:
Hardcore is a modern, action Sci-Fi story about Henry, a newly resurrected cyborg who must save his wife/creator Estelle (Haley Bennet) from the clutches of a psychotic tyrant with telekinetic powers, Akan (Danila Kozlovsky), and his army of mercenaries. Fighting alongside Henry is Jimmy (Sharlto Copley »
- Joey Paur
Oh, my. It's kind of amazing that nobody died in the making of Ilya Naishuller's Hardcore given the sort of risks that were clearly taken while making it and action fans should be very, very glad that they took those risks.While you probably don't remember Naishuller's name there's a fighting chance that you know his work, his two previous short film / music videos - Bad Motherfucker and The Stampede (aka Office Escape) - having racked up millions of views on YouTube thanks to their absolutely gonzo approach to first person perspective filmmaking and a seeming total disregard for personal safety. Well, those videos made a fan of Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov who encouraged Naishuller to make a feature in the same style. And he...
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A young filmmaker by the name of Ilya Naishuller set out to make a music video for his band and in turn created headgear worn by a stuntman attached to GoPro cameras. The video for Bad Motherf*cker was a hit and apparently drew the attention of director Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Wanted), who offered to produce a feature-length film shot in the same first-person style. Over the next year and half, Naishuller shot and wrapped his film Hardcore and is now going the »
- Sean Wist
Movies give Pontius Pilate a bad wrap. Yes, he gave the orders to crucify Jesus Christ. But check canonical Biblical writing and one finds a tinge of reluctance, a man of power caving under the peoples' demands. Plus, would we still be talking about God's Son if Pilate didn't off him in the grisliest way possible? Silver linings. Pending deals, the next on-screen Pilate could add all this nuance with a splash of smarmy charm. Deadline reports that "Game of Thrones" favorite Pedro Pascal is in talks to play Judaea's prefect in the upcoming remake of "Ben-Hur." The film is said to skew closer to Lew Wallace's 1880 novel than the 1959 Charlton Heston-led epic, which chronicled the parallel stories of Jewish prince-turned-slave Judah Ben-Hur's quest for revenge and Christ's Passion. The in the original film, Pilate presides over the major chariot race setpiece and orders Jesus' death. He »
- Matt Patches
Following the announcement of a standalone Wonder Woman movie, Gal Gadot has also been revealed to be in the running for the female lead of the Ben-Hur remake. Gadot will play Esther in the movie. Since being cast as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the actress has become highly sort after for a range of roles.
The new version of Ben-Hur is being directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and is based upon the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ, with Keith Clarke (The Way Back) and John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) contibuting to the script. It will tell the story of Jewish prince Judah Ben-Hur and his blood fued with childhood friend Messala, a Roman who betrays Ben-Hur, resulting in him being sold into slavery and vowing revenge.
- Thomas Roach
Tony Stark and Steve Rogers have never really gotten along. They may not be enemies, but if not for The Avengers they probably wouldn't be friends, and the abrasive relationship between Iron Man and Captain America has fueled one of the greatest storylines in the modern Marvel Comics universe: Civil War, the epic 2006-07 crossover series that pitted hero against hero. Now comes word that Robert Downey Jr. is in talks to join Chris Evans in Captain America 3 in a story that would bring this clash to the big screen, two sources confirm to EW. But it is "far from a done deal, »
- Anthony Breznican
Following the viral hit of the short film Portal: No Escape, Universal Pictures and screenwriter-turned-producer Chris Morgan (Wanted, Fast Five, 47 Ronin) quickly acquired Dan Trachtenberg‘s time travel action heist film Crime of the Century. Trachtenberg has been actively developing the idea into a movie since the 2011 acquisition with screenwriter Daniel Kunka (12 Rounds), while trying to get a Y: […]
The post ‘Annabelle’ Writer Working On Dan Trachtenberg’s Time Travel Heist Movie ‘Crime of the Century’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
While no one is exactly clamoring for a remake for one of Charlton Heston's most beloved roles, I think it's safe to say that director Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Wanted) is really going to deliver something different to the sword and sandal arena with his take. Screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years A Slave, Three Kings) recently spoke out about the kind of film they're making and how it will differ from the original classic. John Ridley's words via Coming Soon: »
- Sean Wist
Kingsman: The Secret Service is the second film on which director Matthew Vaughn has teamed up with comic book writer Mark Millar – the first was Kick-Ass – and the third based directly on one of the author’s books – the other was Wanted, directed by Timur Bekmambetov. Kingsman: The Secret Service follows Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton), who is introduced to the secret world of espionage by Harry Hart (Colin Firth). Though Egerton was the main focus of the film’s first trailer, Millar spoke at San Diego Comic-Con this year that Firth’s character allowed the actor “to do some cool stuff.”
In fact, Firth’s jump from romantic comedies and historical dramas has been the most talked about aspect of Kingsman: The Secret Service. For those that may have doubted the actor’s ability to play a character ...
Click to continue reading ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Trailer #2: Manners »
- Molly Freeman
Let’s face it, if you can turn Colin Firth into a badass super spy, you’re obviously a very talented bloke. Which I guess “X-Men: First Class” director Matthew Vaughn is, because he seems to have done just that with “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” based on the comic book by Scottish writer Mark Millar (the dude who gave us “Wanted” and “Kick-Ass”). In this one, Firth faces off against a cussing Samuel L. Jackson, which is to say, Firth faces off against Samuel L. Jackson. And there’s a douchey British kid in there somewhere doing something, and looking like a total douche. Check out the new trailer for the film below, check it outers. Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men First Class), Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising »
The screenwriter of the amazing Fargo series on FX, Noah Hawley, is apparently writing one of Universal Picture's monster horror films. There are no details on which monster he'll be working on. In Deadline's report, it just says, “Hawley, while readying another season of Fargo, is separately scripting an untitled project at Universal that will be part of that studio’s classic monster franchise push.”
The studio is hoping to build a cinematic universe with these monsters. Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are currently developing a plan to relaunch the studio’s classic monsters starting with the Mummy, which Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) wrote for Kurtzman to direct. That movie will be released on June 24th, 2016. According to Kurtzman, some of the monsters will get their own movie, but other monsters will appear in other films, as secondary characters. They just need to figure out how to balance that out.
- Joey Paur
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