Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov has teased at a sequel to the film which would embrace a completely different style than that of its predecessor.
Before he was Professor X, James McAvoy took his first crack at the comic book movie world in the 2008 action film, Wanted. The film followed a miserable office worker who discovers that he inherited a unique ability that allows him to pump adrenaline into brain at an accelerated rate, giving him the perception that time is slowing down, allowing for all kinds of insane feats. He is introduced into a world of assassins who put him on the trail of a rogue assassin who killed his father.
At the time of its release, Wanted was a critical and financial success, grossing over $340M worldwide on a $75M budget. A sequel was planned but sadly never came to fruition. However, director Timur Bekmambetov has an idea as to how they might go about doing a sequel.
While speaking to Deadline, Timur Bekmambetov broke down the style his Wanted sequel would take. Specifically, the director would want to do it in a screenlife format which would have it all take place in the cameras of cellphones, laptops, and such. Furthermore, he teased at the inclusion of the characters use of drones as opposed to running and gunning:
“Maybe do the [Wanted] sequel in Screenlife. I cannot imagine an assassin in today’s world would run with a gun. Why? He will use drones, he will use computer technology, probably. You don’t need to bend bullets anymore. You need to bend ideas.”
The Wanted director went on to further endorse the screenlife mode style:
“During this crazy time, we have been living in Screenlife mode, and it is very organic to produce movies because they can be done while people are home in their safe place. We are all in different cities, and we can record screens without meeting each other. It’s the nature of this language, this Screenlife format, to work like this.”
What do you all make of Timur Bekmambetov’s idea? Would you like to see a Wanted sequel in screenlife mode? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
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