The writers of the film Wanted have been rehired to work on the script for a sequel.
Derek Haas and Michael Brandt will rewrite Evan Spiliotopoulos’ screenplay for Wanted 2.
“Wanted 2 is going to take off after the events of what just happened. Pick up Wesley a few years later and go back in for another round,” Haas told TheWrap.
“We just always loved the Wanted world and loved working with Universal and [director] Timur [Bekmambetov] on the first one, so we’re excited.”
Haas said there was no director attached yet, although as you might have guessed from his statement above he’d be happy to work with Bekmambetov again. “But he’s a busy guy,” Haas added.
James McAvoy starred in the 2008 comic-book movie about a lowly office worker who discovers he has unusual abilities that make him the perfect assassin.
The two writers are clearly seen as hitmen themselves by film studio Universal, with the first movie making $341m on a $75m budget.
Will McAvoy return, though?
The actor is filming Trance right now, while his next movie Filth is currently in pre-production and he’s also been named as the favourite to play Elton John in the biopic? Rocketman.
James McAvoy will be starring in Filth, it has been confirmed.
The Scottish X-Men: First Class star, who will play sex-obsessed, misanthropic police officer Bruce Robertson, is said to be joined by Jamie Bell and Alan Cumming as his partner-of-sorts Ray Lennox and his boss Bob Toal in the big-screen adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s 1998 bestselling novel.
The Scottish author told the Playlist: “James is going to be main character, Jamie is going to be Lennox – his kind of sidekick – and Alan is going to be Toal. That’s going to be the main cast.”
James had previously hinted at a thrilling project on the horizon earlier this year, telling the Daily Record: “I’m looking at a part soon, like the second half of this year, that is quite extreme I mean, quite full on mental.”
Irvine, who will produce the film, also revealed that filming is expected to begin with director Jon S Baird in January 2012.
“Jon did a revised screenplay which was absolutely brilliant,” the author continued.
“I think Jon’s definitely done something really sort of magic. He’s captured and he’s kept the essence of the main protagonist but he’s done a lot of interesting things with it as well. It’s a great script and it’s going to make a great film with that cast attached.”
Fox has announced that they will release Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class onto DVD and Blu-ray on September 9th, a mere three months after hit theaters. The film will be offered in two different cases: one features James McAvoy as Professor Charles Xavier and the other has Michael Fassbender as Erik Lensherr aka Magneto. The Blu-ray will include over two hours of special features, a digital copy of the film, ten Marvel X-Men digital comics including a new X-Men: First Class back story.
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Yesterday we reported from Variety that James McAvoy was in “early talks” to star in Danny Boyle‘s 127 Hours follow-up, Trance. We’ve just received word straight from Fox Searchlight that he is confirmed to be in talks, but in a different role than his X-Men: First Class co-star Michael Fassbender was previously circling. As for Fassbender’s involvement, they provided no comment. Could a reunion still be in the works after they carried Fox’s recent blockbuster? We don’t have enough to go on, but stay tuned and read our original story below.
Danny Boyle is set to remake Joe Ahearne‘s 2001 British thriller Trance. The modestly budgeted art heist film is being described in the “dark, sexy, hard-edged tone of Boyle films like Shallow Grave and Trainspotting” and we now have an actor in talks to the role, after Michael Fassbender was rumored.
His X-Men: First Class co-star James McAvoy has entered early talks to play the a role, but not the one of Simon. Fassbender was circling that role of “the shady leader of the gang who partners with the assistant.” Check out a synopsis below.
An assistant at an auction house masterminds the heist and teams up with a gang of thieves, but suffers a blow to the head and wakes up with amnesia. He is the only one who knows where the painting’s location is and after his continued failure to remember, the gang begins to suspect duplicity on his part and hire a female hypnotist to get into his brain.
Boyle, and his producing partner Christian Colson, plan a different kind of production schedule. He will have a London shoot this fall, then take a break to direct the opening 2012 Summer Olympics ceremony. He will then return to the film and edit it for a March 2013 release via Fox Searchlight. Many films are on such a tight production schedule, it will be interesting to see what this extended break can help in the formation of the film.
James McAvoy, star of The Last King of Scotland and X-Men: First Class, has replaced fellow X-Men actor Michael Fassbender in the lead role of Danny Boyle’s next film, Trance, according to a report in Variety magazine. Trance is a remake of a 2001 British TV drama written and directed by Joe Ahearne (best known for his work on This Life and Doctor Who), and is about an auction house employee who helps to steal a painting, but then suffers amnesia and can’t remember where it’s hidden.
Fassbender, who played Magneto in X-Men: First Class, was originally in line for the role, but appears to have dropped out, clearing the way for McAvoy, who played Xavier in the same movie.
Boyle, who won the Academy award for best director in 2008 for Slumdog Millionaire, is due to direct the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and plans to shoot Trance before the event gets under way.
“Wanted” fans have been clamoring for a sequel since we first saw Angelina Jolie snatch James McAvoy up for the car ride of his life. However, despite story developments that would make it rather difficult for at least one character to return in a sequel, the film plays pretty fast and loose with the comic book source material — enough so that a sequel could be possible, or at least that’s what “Wanted” writer Mark Millar has been teasing us with for a few years.
In any case, McAvoy can’t escape questions about the possibility, even during interviews for “X-Men: First Class.”
“I don’t know what’s happening,” the Scottish actor told IGN. “I know that the script came out a while back which I don’t think they were happy with in the end.”
“I think the studio is keen to make it, and we really want to make it, but we want to make it if it’s right and when it’s right, and that might not be ever,” he added.
Of course, a big part of it hinges on a character who got knocked off in the first “Wanted” and whether the sequel would make the same beaucoup bucks without that mega-star on board.
Even so, McAvoy doesn’t exactly seem too keen for a sequel.
“It was a good time, and a good movie, but in a way, I’m glad that not everything has to be a franchise,” he said.
James McAvoy may have the biggest movie of his career coming this summer, starring as Professor Xavier in X-Men: First Class. So to follow that up, he’s going back to the UK and tackling something a lot smaller. According to Deadline McAvoy will star in Welcome to the Punch, a London-set thriller to be directed by Eran Creevy.
Creevy himself describes the film as “an epic crime thriller in the mould of Heat or Internal Affairs“; he was nominated for a BAFTA for his directorial debut Shifty, which was shot for $150,000. The director seems to be deliberately describing Welcome to the Punch in a vague way, so it’s hard to know what kind of role McAvoy might wind up playing, but I’m rooting for something shady and villainous. In this Friday’s The Conspirator he plays a crusading attorney in the Civil War era, and Professor X is the valiant hero fighting against Magneto’s rage in X-Men. McAvoy has a lot of range as an actor, and if he wants to show it off, a shady cop could be the perfect way to go with it.
James McAvoy made a stop by Jimmy Kimmel Live last night as he gets down to work promoting his upcoming animated film, Gnomeo and Juliet. Apparently Kimmel’s knowledge of the UK is, um, limited, and the host got McAvoy to spill about his kilt-wearing past (and what happens when you go commando). Watch it below!
With only five months away from the release of “X-Men: First Class”, everyone is looking forward to the first trailer. While it has not come out yet, a source who claims to have watched the trailer describes it to The Daily BLAM!.
The trailer is said to open with the 20th Century Fox logo “which pans up as the two spotlight beams cross and form a white ‘X’ on the left of the screen. A white circle goes around the ‘X’ forming the X-Men logo, as Magneto’s helmet comes up on the right.”
Patrick Stewart and Ian Mckellen, who portrayed Professor X and Magneto in “X-Men” trilogy, reportedly voice over the opening lines about destiny and which side will you stand for while their scenes in previous “X-Men” movies are featured. The video then jumps to see young Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr meeting for the first time, followed by a different angle of the scene from the opening of X-Men in the concentration camp.
The next scene shows the outside part of an old castle-style building that resembles the X-mansion. James McAvoy’s Xavier and Michael Fassbender’s Erik are seen walking through the halls. The words “One wanted peace” are flashed by Xavier. Erik is later seen “yelling dramatically as metal tables in the room begin to float around him. Xavier and Erik shake hands with a tall man in a lab coat introduced as Dr. McCoy.”
The words “The other was too far gone” flash as Erik, who seems to be upset, storms through a hallway killing guards as he passes them. The scene is then cut to show what appears to be “a red Nightcrawler with swords taking out a room full of people; the close up reveals Azazel’s face.”
“The Hellfire Club stand next to Xavier on a bed as Emma goes into diamond form. Oliver Platt and Kevin Bacon were next to Emma in black aristocratic clothes… Mystigue on a bed with her skin turning black; Beast is shown transforming, with his feet growing and toes webbing and fur growing.”
Havok unleashes a red beam of energy from his chest (Havok’s powers in comics are unleashing blue energy). “It then shows Beast all blue and furry in the pilot seat of a crashing jet, followed by several rockets flying towards an island.”
Xavier’s head is later seen beginning to go bald as he mentally pulls a large ship that was sinking out of the water, as well as some smaller boats around it. The trailer is back to the scene when Xavier, still having hair, telling Erik he only wanted peace for him, and he replies there was never a chance for anyone to have that.
The final scene shows Erik picking up a black helmet, wearing a black and red suit and the helmet. “X-Men: First Class” logo appears again towards the end of the video, followed by the movie’s release date.
“X-Men: First Class” is directed by Matthew Vaughn and due June 3. 20th Century Fox has not given any official sneak peek to the action sci-fi flick yet.