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Angelina Jolie explains why Wanted 2 isn't happening

07.12.2010

Before getting into the details of this news, I'll warn you right from the start that this contains SPOILERS for anyone who hasn't seen WANTED. With that said...

I liked WANTED well-enough but I don't know that I was taken with it enough to feel the need for a sequel. Turns out Angelina Jolie feels the same way. While Universal was hot to get a WANTED sequel off the ground after the film was a surprise success at the box-office, the biggest issue was that the biggest star in the film dies at the end. Producers and writers tried to find away around this sticking point. An origin story was discussed but what would this mean to James McAvoy's character who was the main character of the original film?

While they tried and tried, they never sufficiently cracked it and Jolie eventually felt like she had lost interest. When asked if she'd ever return for WANTED 2, Jolie told Coming Soon, "it's not that interesting to me." She clarified saying, "being dead makes it difficult...I kind of feel like if I die in a movie, I should die."

There have been rumors that producers were talking about bringing in Kristen Stewart to play a younger version of Jolie's character but honestly that's just stupid. Let's just call WANTED an interesting one-off movie that never needed a franchise and have that be that.

Extra Tidbit: Not every moderately successful film needs a sequel. I promise.
Source: Coming Soon

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7:47AM on 07/13/2010

I know the real reason...

the first one sucked. No... I'm wrong... It sucked but it mad money, so...
the first one sucked. No... I'm wrong... It sucked but it mad money, so...
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2:28AM on 07/13/2010
i agree on the Extra Tidbit but considering the meltdown of the economy, im not surprised that studios now a days want sequel after sequel after the original makes a huge(or surprising)take @ the box office
i agree on the Extra Tidbit but considering the meltdown of the economy, im not surprised that studios now a days want sequel after sequel after the original makes a huge(or surprising)take @ the box office
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8:07PM on 07/12/2010
it doesn't bother me much that there won't be a sequel, what bothers me is the reason. I couldn't care less if Jolie isn't in the sequel, what's wrong with a James McAvoy action movie? He was the best thing of Wanted
it doesn't bother me much that there won't be a sequel, what bothers me is the reason. I couldn't care less if Jolie isn't in the sequel, what's wrong with a James McAvoy action movie? He was the best thing of Wanted
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6:15PM on 07/12/2010
I always figured a sequel would have her character surviving the head shot long enough to get put into that healing wax shit they had and thus reviving her.

Oh well, it was kind of a cornball flick anyway. Eye candy.
I always figured a sequel would have her character surviving the head shot long enough to get put into that healing wax shit they had and thus reviving her.

Oh well, it was kind of a cornball flick anyway. Eye candy.
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5:32PM on 07/12/2010
thank god this isn't happening
thank god this isn't happening
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4:19PM on 07/12/2010

OK

The first was OK, nothing sequel worthy IMO. If they do cast Kristen Stewart, could they kill her with a headshot in the first 5 minutes, or better yet, before the opening credits?
The first was OK, nothing sequel worthy IMO. If they do cast Kristen Stewart, could they kill her with a headshot in the first 5 minutes, or better yet, before the opening credits?
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3:50PM on 07/12/2010
Wanted was a guilty pleasure but I prefer the graphic novel any day.
Wanted was a guilty pleasure but I prefer the graphic novel any day.
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2:09PM on 07/12/2010
if Jolie lived there would have been a sequel. Morale of the story " Don't Kill your most valuable star if U r planning a sequel!"
if Jolie lived there would have been a sequel. Morale of the story " Don't Kill your most valuable star if U r planning a sequel!"
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1:52PM on 07/12/2010

it aint rocket science...

there aint a sequel because the movie was a pack of shit.
there aint a sequel because the movie was a pack of shit.
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1:39PM on 07/12/2010
If wanted stayed true to the comic books it was based on it would have rocked.
If wanted stayed true to the comic books it was based on it would have rocked.
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12:00PM on 07/12/2010
I coyuld see why there isn't a sequel and no need for a origin story. I dunno I'm kinda on the wall. It's fine as a stand alone movie. I'm one of the 2 people on this site that actually liked it.
I coyuld see why there isn't a sequel and no need for a origin story. I dunno I'm kinda on the wall. It's fine as a stand alone movie. I'm one of the 2 people on this site that actually liked it.
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2:08PM on 07/12/2010
I thoroughly enjoyed the film myself.
I thoroughly enjoyed the film myself.
10:53AM on 07/12/2010

why no sequel?

because the 1st sucked.
because the 1st sucked.
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10:41AM on 07/12/2010

heh

I mean seriouly what more could they do with the story? The original was so overthe top by the end that it would jsut be the same shit different story probably.
I mean seriouly what more could they do with the story? The original was so overthe top by the end that it would jsut be the same shit different story probably.
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10:40AM on 07/12/2010

Why its not happening?

Cause nobody wants to see it.
Cause nobody wants to see it.
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10:33AM on 07/12/2010
No need for a sequel or prequel. Especially if those rumors about Kristen Stewart are true.
No need for a sequel or prequel. Especially if those rumors about Kristen Stewart are true.
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10:17AM on 07/12/2010

...and why it likely won't happen

unlike other pre-baked franchises and their stars who are locked in and given a career through franchise vehicles - Jolie can just as easily get that paycheck doing something better and more interesting. She's done her turn at the franchise thing, and she probably realizes it happens at the expense of more interesting and diverse projects.

As for as Ocelot's comment - sure, you can write any old workaround you want for that. Whether it feels forced and a transparent attempt to return a
unlike other pre-baked franchises and their stars who are locked in and given a career through franchise vehicles - Jolie can just as easily get that paycheck doing something better and more interesting. She's done her turn at the franchise thing, and she probably realizes it happens at the expense of more interesting and diverse projects.

As for as Ocelot's comment - sure, you can write any old workaround you want for that. Whether it feels forced and a transparent attempt to return a top-shelf star to a franchise that needs her for marketing materials is another thing.
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10:11AM on 07/12/2010
Kinda easy to bring her back. People do survive headshot wounds, and those people arent usually fortunate enough to have the bullet go through about 10 heads first
Kinda easy to bring her back. People do survive headshot wounds, and those people arent usually fortunate enough to have the bullet go through about 10 heads first
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9:56AM on 07/12/2010
If they wanted to go the prequel route with a younger version, the pic above reminds me hugely of Olivia Wilde. Yet while I'd probably see that, if they pulled another 'loom of fate', I'd be disappointed.
I agree with Terminal, let's just end it there instead.
If they wanted to go the prequel route with a younger version, the pic above reminds me hugely of Olivia Wilde. Yet while I'd probably see that, if they pulled another 'loom of fate', I'd be disappointed.
I agree with Terminal, let's just end it there instead.
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9:54AM on 07/12/2010
I liked WANTED. It had some cool action, but the whole concept with the loom was stupid and felt like a weird gag from South Park. If they really wanted to do a sequel, they could cheat us finding a way around Jolie's return. If they expected us to believe the loom of fate, I'm sure we'd be fine with a silly resurrection or something. But an origin story??? NO THANK YOU.
I liked WANTED. It had some cool action, but the whole concept with the loom was stupid and felt like a weird gag from South Park. If they really wanted to do a sequel, they could cheat us finding a way around Jolie's return. If they expected us to believe the loom of fate, I'm sure we'd be fine with a silly resurrection or something. But an origin story??? NO THANK YOU.
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9:51AM on 07/12/2010
"Wanted" was an entertaining way to pass the time, but I don't want a franchise. Let it end with the first part.
"Wanted" was an entertaining way to pass the time, but I don't want a franchise. Let it end with the first part.
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9:45AM on 07/12/2010

In other words

Because Wanted was shit.
Because Wanted was shit.
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