June 19, 2009

Wanted 2 (2010-2011)

Director Timur Bekmabetov spoke to a Russian website about the progress of the sequel. Bekmabetov talked about the pre-production starting in July with a autumn or winter filming start date. He also revealed shooting locations including America, Russia and India. The budget is estimated to be around 150 million dollars and will be the biggest Hollywood production with a Russian filmmaker.

The big question is, will James McAvoy be back as Wesley and Angelina Jolie's character Fox ? It's been talked about that they would try to resurrect Fox from her suicide. Knowing how unpredictable the world of Wanted is, anything seems possible. The only problem is that there hasn't been any confirmation that either McAvoy or Jolie are even interested in returning. I'm sure with the box office, DVD and video game successes the studio is dying for the stars to return. I have to admit it was enjoyable even if it was mindless action. I wouldn't mind a second or third film. I would like to see Bekmabetov stick with practical special effects that made the first Matrix so great. The CGI blood and effects were a bit overboard in the last film. Hopefully with the larger budget it can be done.

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