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Has Jolie Put a Bullet In Wanted 2?
She prefers Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity...

26 February 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Vulture

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Is it possible that Universal’s plans to make a sequel to Mark Millar comic adaptation Wanted have been shot down by none other than Angelina Jolie? And that the reason she’s ditched the film is so that she can star in a space thriller called Gravity, co-written and directed by Alfonso Cuaron?

That’s the news coming out of the Vulture blog, which reports that Jolie has pulled out of Timur Bekmambetov’s follow-up, and that the studio decided, somewhat oddly, to forgo a re-write and just shut the whole thing down. Right now, it’s so much rumour: while the loss of its most bankable star is certainly a blow, we’d have thought Uni would simply order a rewrite to leave Jolie’s slinky Fox as dead as she seemed as the end of the first film.

Colour us unconvinced that Wanted 2 is completely dead until there’s an actual announcement, or Bekmambetov moves on to something else (Moby Dick perhaps? Although we're hoping he'll rename that one "The Whale of Fate")

But we can certainly see Jolie wanting to work with the man who made Children Of Men on his new, secretive project. Gravity, which boasts a script from Cuaron and his son Jonas, would see the actress handling large chunks of the running time alone as the last surviving member of a space mission trying to get home to her daughter.

Ironically, Universal had the option on the movie, before shoving it into turnaround and watching as Warners snapped it up and assigned Harry Potter producer David Heyman to oversee it. Now it looks like their reluctance to tackle Cuaron’s tough sci-fi project might just have derailed a possible future cash cow. Cinematic karma? Or wrong-headed rumour about an actress who is seemingly offered everything in town? We’ll keep you informed.

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RE: nobody wanted a 'wanted 2' anyway
Daz now that I think about it, it might have been a Ferrari, it was Italian anyway. More

Posted by JoeyPottr at 08:25 on 02 March 2010 | Report This Post

nobody wanted a 'wanted 2' anyway
i still can't get over how badly they butchered Mark Millar's ultra-violent story about a world where super-villains secretly ruled the globe. A group of assassins who obeyed the will of a magical quilt? who wrote that crap? i mean it had the attitude and violence, all they had to do was stick with the plot and they have cinematic GOLD. instead they put a horrible spin on things and ended up with a terrible story with lame twist after lame twist. Now they want to do a sequel??? jolie's character More

Posted by smatticus at 02:53 on 28 February 2010 | Report This Post

Who Cares!
The movie sucked anyway (like all of Jolies movies), if you ask me making another Wanted movie without her is more likely to make it suck alot less...I mean her death scene was the only good thing in that over rated tripe (and Morgan Freeman cussing) More

Posted by dgribble at 15:58 on 27 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Has Jolie Put a Bullet In Wanted 2?
Funny, I don't recall seeing a Lambo in the film.... More

Posted by DazDaMan at 08:12 on 27 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Has Jolie Put a Bullet In Wanted 2?
SPOILERS ** Fox (Angelina Jolie's character) shoots all of the Fraternity (except Morgan Freeman) including herself curving the bullet so that milky goo they lay in to regenerate would have to really be potent. She's basically dead at the end of it. This doesn't make much sense. Plus I can't see Jolie doing a sci-fi movie either. I enjoyed Wanted but I still cringe every time they wreck that beautiful LAMBOURGINI! More

Posted by JoeyPottr at 21:59 on 26 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Has Jolie Put a Bullet In Wanted 2?
I don't see how her lack of involvement stops the sequel given the nature of the last film's ending. I enjoyed Wanted for what it was, tongue in cheek nonsense, with a decent actor in the lead role - James McAvoy. Why can't this be made without her though seriously? More

Posted by The Hooded Man at 18:36 on 26 February 2010 | Report This Post

Pretty sure a re-write to take out whatever bollocks they came up with to make someone who was shot in the head and very clearly dead at the end of the first film alive again would just be an improvement. Fix the script and make it without her. Probably save a few million too... More

Posted by TheRealMacgyver at 16:59 on 26 February 2010 | Report This Post

i never thought she was in the sequel :/
i was under the impression that, as her brain was blown out in the first one, she wouldnt even be in the sequel, and it was going ahead without her :/ More

Posted by england_cmr at 16:39 on 26 February 2010 | Report This Post

I agree with badsanta
Wanted was absolute pap. One of those films where the trailer looks great but when you get round to watching the film it's garbage. In fact, the more I think about it, the more my dislike for the film increases. A giant sowing machine that churns out the names of targets?!?! Freeman, Jolie, McAvoy - you all ought to know better! We could do without a Wanted 2 just like we could do without Shrek 8 or Saw 27 or whatever we're on now. James - any news on a trailer for The Expendables? Seems like More

Posted by MusicLovesYou at 16:03 on 26 February 2010 | Report This Post

Correct me if I'm wrong (which I'm sure everybody would), but didn't her character sort of, you know, die in the first movie. I'm no biologist but generally dead people aren't all that chatty, so her not being in a sequel i can't see being much of an issue. More

Posted by Pintsize at 15:57 on 26 February 2010 | Report This Post

why does everyone love Angelina so much a large proportion of her films have been crap and i refuse to believe that films such as changeling would have been any less fantastic without her. she is an average actress and big studios need to realise that she's not worth the hassle, do wanted 2 better than the first and get an actress who can act. More

Posted by cheekybex1982 at 13:54 on 26 February 2010 | Report This Post

Gravity sounds like Helix
that generic space film Hugh Grant goes to see in Notting Hill More

Posted by jackcarter at 11:58 on 26 February 2010 | Report This Post

I always thought Jolie was slumming it in Wanted... such a step-back from playing lead action hero to 'crumpet with gun'. No need. More

Posted by andyswright at 10:49 on 26 February 2010 | Report This Post

I dunno
Gravity sounds like a bit of a downer. /gets coat More

Posted by granny at 10:03 on 26 February 2010 | Report This Post

I think the important news here is that Alfonso Cuaron (who did amazing things with dystopian sci-fi in Children of Men and added a new style to the Harry Potter series that changed it for the rest,) is doing a space film! Could it be too much to hope for some sort of female 'Moon'? More

Posted by Brobe at 09:06 on 26 February 2010 | Report This Post

Wanted was a crack. More

Posted by CORLEONE at 09:04 on 26 February 2010 | Report This Post

Great news! I suspect she's rewatched Wanted... More

Posted by jmebaby25 at 09:01 on 26 February 2010 | Report This Post

Wanted was rubbish. I don't blame her. More

Posted by badsanta at 08:39 on 26 February 2010 | Report This Post

I think she could be right!
yeah do Gravity More

Posted by vdjfrancis at 08:28 on 26 February 2010 | Report This Post

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