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Angelina Jolie says no to Wanted 2, goes to space instead

02.26.2010

Angelina Jolie has dealt Universal a double whopper this week: she's officially backed out of the in-development WANTED sequel and she's leaving and taking her sci-fi thriller with her. Jolie had been in talks with the studio to star in GRAVITY, a thriller that was written and would be directed by Oscar-nominee Alfonso Cuaron But the studio felt the project was too expensive for something so creatively challenging that they let the project go. Cuaron took the project to Warner Bros. where they'll produce it alongside Legendary Pictures.

As described by New York Magazine, the film sounds something like Duncan Jones' brilliant MOON. Jolie spends much of the movie on-screen by herself as the last member of a space mission who is desperately trying to return home. Cuaron is no dummy though and I expect there are plenty of twists and turns that we don't know about yet.

Jolie is currently filming THE TOURIST with Johnny Depp and has SALT set for release later this year. She has no project formally set after TOURIST and if GRAVITY moves along well, Cuaron, Jolie and WB could get it filming later this year.

Extra Tidbit: Cuaron wrote the script with his son. Take Your Kids to Work Day?
Source: NY Mag

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3:08PM on 03/01/2010
Wanted was simply atrocious. It was an awful movie. Sadly it will probably have a sequel though.
Wanted was simply atrocious. It was an awful movie. Sadly it will probably have a sequel though.
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12:46AM on 02/27/2010

nice

cuaron + sci fi = Im in
cuaron + sci fi = Im in
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12:32AM on 02/27/2010
I'm not a massive Angelina Jolie fan, I find her very hit and miss. Wanted was cool but not because of her. Salt looks pretty bad ass but I always struggle to buy her as an action star because she looks like she would snap like a twig.

This sounds like it could be good, if the twist to the narrative is something new and interesting, otherwise we've seen it all before.
I'm not a massive Angelina Jolie fan, I find her very hit and miss. Wanted was cool but not because of her. Salt looks pretty bad ass but I always struggle to buy her as an action star because she looks like she would snap like a twig.

This sounds like it could be good, if the twist to the narrative is something new and interesting, otherwise we've seen it all before.
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8:04PM on 02/27/2010
I struggle to buy her as an action star because she's always smirking in every scene she's in.
I struggle to buy her as an action star because she's always smirking in every scene she's in.
12:03AM on 02/27/2010
BOOO
BOOO
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10:03PM on 02/26/2010

I can see that

This is a good movie for Jolie...because unless the movie was meant for a sequel, etc..then its smart to move on. I am sure at some point there will be a Wanted 2, but unless it has star power, might be a Direct to DVD..who knows
This is a good movie for Jolie...because unless the movie was meant for a sequel, etc..then its smart to move on. I am sure at some point there will be a Wanted 2, but unless it has star power, might be a Direct to DVD..who knows
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7:59PM on 02/26/2010

fucking finally

I'd been wondering when Alfonso Cuaron would bring us his next project.
That IS indeed the main news of the article.
I'd been wondering when Alfonso Cuaron would bring us his next project.
That IS indeed the main news of the article.
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1:57PM on 02/26/2010
I thought the first one was going to suck before I saw it because it looked like it was trying to be like the Matrix. Then everyone told me it was an awesome movie. I'm glad I listened to them and watched it so I can now officially say the movie was terrible.
I thought the first one was going to suck before I saw it because it looked like it was trying to be like the Matrix. Then everyone told me it was an awesome movie. I'm glad I listened to them and watched it so I can now officially say the movie was terrible.
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2:00PM on 02/26/2010
hahaha.. that's my exactly how I ended up watching Wanted and confirming it sucked.
hahaha.. that's my exactly how I ended up watching Wanted and confirming it sucked.
1:53PM on 02/26/2010
in my opinion Cuaron is the headline here... not Jolie
in my opinion Cuaron is the headline here... not Jolie
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12:07PM on 02/26/2010
We don't need a Wanted 2. The first one was entertaining but was basically enough for one sitting. Besides I quite enjoy the comic series better.
We don't need a Wanted 2. The first one was entertaining but was basically enough for one sitting. Besides I quite enjoy the comic series better.
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5:16PM on 02/26/2010
I agree. The comic series is dirty, sick, twisted and way more warped than the movie, even though Bekmambetov tried his damnedest and he really is a visionary. Still, that book, in my opinion, was harder to adapt faithfully than Watchmen.
I agree. The comic series is dirty, sick, twisted and way more warped than the movie, even though Bekmambetov tried his damnedest and he really is a visionary. Still, that book, in my opinion, was harder to adapt faithfully than Watchmen.
12:07PM on 02/26/2010
Honestly.. Wanted did nothing for me and I didn't get the love it got from people. It seemed like a really cheesy Matrix rip-off with less compelling characters.

I'm interested to see what she can do with a project like this
Honestly.. Wanted did nothing for me and I didn't get the love it got from people. It seemed like a really cheesy Matrix rip-off with less compelling characters.

I'm interested to see what she can do with a project like this
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11:25AM on 02/26/2010
Wanted was dumb anyway. Sequel or no sequel, I'm not interested.
Wanted was dumb anyway. Sequel or no sequel, I'm not interested.
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11:23AM on 02/26/2010
that's good her FUCKING CHARACTER IS DEAD THEN
that's good her FUCKING CHARACTER IS DEAD THEN
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10:09AM on 02/26/2010
Good. Perhaps it's because I was requested to read the comic series before watching the movie, but I'm probably one of the few people who outright hated WANTED. If it had stuck to the more graphic (and less bankable) storyline of the novels, I might have been more interested. Plus, I think I'm the only person who remembers just how emaciated Jolie looked in that movie. It just wasn't attractive on the scale of her usual attractiveness.
Good. Perhaps it's because I was requested to read the comic series before watching the movie, but I'm probably one of the few people who outright hated WANTED. If it had stuck to the more graphic (and less bankable) storyline of the novels, I might have been more interested. Plus, I think I'm the only person who remembers just how emaciated Jolie looked in that movie. It just wasn't attractive on the scale of her usual attractiveness.
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9:40AM on 02/26/2010
gravity sounds interesting. i didn't see (or care to see) wanted, so i couldn't care less about a sequel. but yeah bring on a quality director (cuaron) with an interesting story to tell.
gravity sounds interesting. i didn't see (or care to see) wanted, so i couldn't care less about a sequel. but yeah bring on a quality director (cuaron) with an interesting story to tell.
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9:32AM on 02/26/2010

Good

Glad there woun't be a sequel. The "story" of the first one was horrible, but it was fun to watch. And Angelinas death in the movie was so nice done, that bringing her back would ruin it.
Maybe they could make a real adaption of the Wanted comics somewhere in the future, because it is really cool...
Glad there woun't be a sequel. The "story" of the first one was horrible, but it was fun to watch. And Angelinas death in the movie was so nice done, that bringing her back would ruin it.
Maybe they could make a real adaption of the Wanted comics somewhere in the future, because it is really cool...
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9:10AM on 02/26/2010

Sequel

The first one was awful. And, I'm probably alone on this but Jolie is so frail it is hard for me to picture her as an assassin.
The first one was awful. And, I'm probably alone on this but Jolie is so frail it is hard for me to picture her as an assassin.
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10:10AM on 02/26/2010
OK cool. I posted my reply before reading this, but it's refreshing to know I'm not alone.
OK cool. I posted my reply before reading this, but it's refreshing to know I'm not alone.
1:55PM on 02/26/2010
You are not alone. There are others like you.
You are not alone. There are others like you.
3:30PM on 02/26/2010
Brer and Cherry, I'm glad I'm not alone on this. There was a part of the movie I thought the gun she was carrying would snap her arm in half (it was the part where she had a gun that could fire in 90 degree angles or something).

Oh, and that is the best picture of Val Kilmer I've ever seen.
Brer and Cherry, I'm glad I'm not alone on this. There was a part of the movie I thought the gun she was carrying would snap her arm in half (it was the part where she had a gun that could fire in 90 degree angles or something).

Oh, and that is the best picture of Val Kilmer I've ever seen.
9:03AM on 02/26/2010
She should have said no to 'Wanted 1'.
She should have said no to 'Wanted 1'.
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8:58AM on 02/26/2010

Skeletor

is the reason why I have never, and will never see Wanted. She sickens me to the core.

And why does SHE kill a sequel? Does she own the rights or something? Fuck Stalfos, and just make a sequel if you want guys... to hell with this douche.
is the reason why I have never, and will never see Wanted. She sickens me to the core.

And why does SHE kill a sequel? Does she own the rights or something? Fuck Stalfos, and just make a sequel if you want guys... to hell with this douche.
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8:46AM on 02/26/2010
I, too, think she's made the right decision. I can also see why they wanted her to appear in the sequel, though-I bet a lot of people bought tickets for Wanted because her nekkid ass appeared in it (even though she was ridiculously anorexic at the time).
I, too, think she's made the right decision. I can also see why they wanted her to appear in the sequel, though-I bet a lot of people bought tickets for Wanted because her nekkid ass appeared in it (even though she was ridiculously anorexic at the time).
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1:53PM on 02/26/2010
Overrated movie, overrated ass.
Overrated movie, overrated ass.
8:18AM on 02/26/2010

Nevermind.

It was silly to bring her back unless it was in flashbacks or a prequel. I think she's made the right choice. In all honesty, I'd watch Angelina push poo around on a plate for two hours and not be bored.
It was silly to bring her back unless it was in flashbacks or a prequel. I think she's made the right choice. In all honesty, I'd watch Angelina push poo around on a plate for two hours and not be bored.
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