And various sources agree...When Angelina Jolie revealed that she would not be returning for the sequel to Wanted, we quickly heard the rumor that Universal Studios would be canceling the sequel. According to an inside source close to the project we can confirm that the sequel will still be moving forward even without Jolie, and that she will not be replaced on the upcoming project. And if you still have your doubts about our source, you can put your fears to rest because WANTED writer Mark Millar agreed that the project is still a go ahead.
Not only did the first film gross four and a half times as much as it cost to make, it was also an incredible movie, proving that graphic novels do make fantastic films. Millar went on to explain why exactly he thinks the film will still be getting it's sequel.
“'Wanted 2' will be certainly going ahead, because the first one made too much money for them not to do a sequel,"
What was funny was originally 'Wanted' was just going to be one movie, and Angelina [Jolie] dies at the end," related Millar. “The idea was that it was going to be self-contained, but the movie cost $75 million to make and it made $314 million back just theatrically. At the premiere the tracking was really good and everything, and the producer came up and said ‘What are we going to do for 'Wanted 2?'’ and I was like ‘I don’t have any ideas!’"
“So they put something together, and it was bringing Angelina back from the dead and everything," continued Millar. "I don’t know, I think that probably just didn’t sit easily with her, because it has to be a really good reason why somebody comes back from the dead.”
“I think it’s actually more authentic if they keep her dead," added Millar. "She was the star of the movie really, but how cool is it to have the star dead and bring in another cool character for the next one?
The idea that Wanted 2 would happen with or without Jolie isn't really a new concept. In fact, we had asked TOP COW President Matt Hawkins the same question back in October, and he also said that the sequel would happen with or without Jolie. You can jump to the 00:42 second mark in the video for the direct quote.
COMICVINE: Will we see Angelina Jolie in Wanted 2?
MATT HAWKINS: We hope so, we don't know yet. The jury is out. We would love for her to come back, she has been asked to come back...it's up to her. Right now. I think it will still go forward without her but it would be a much better film if we do get her back.