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“Wanted” screenwriters back for the comic book-flavored sequel

“Wanted” screenwriters back for the comic book-flavored sequel (photo)

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As screenwriter John August joked on Twitter, “So the bullet did circle after all.” Universal has officially signed “Wanted” screenwriters Derek Haas and Michael Brandt to write the movie’s long-anticipated sequel, The Wrap and Haas confirmed. So get ready for many more “curve the bullet” jokes to head your way in the near future.

“Wanted” hit theaters back in 2008, and rumors of a sequel have been swirling ever since. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov, the flick was based on the comic book series written by Mark Millar. Though the original movie deviated significantly from the source material, there still is plenty of fodder for Haas and Brandt to use for a sequel. Millar has also expressed in the past that he would work with the “Wanted 2” screenwriters to craft a new story for the movie instead of writing a follow-up to his limited run comic book series. Unfortunately, Haas didn’t have much new information to share with The Wrap about the sequel.

“Wanted 2” is “going to take off after the events of what just happened,” Haas said. “Pick up Wesley a few years later and go back in for another round.” He added that he would love to work with Bekmambetov again, but “he’s a busy guy.” It’s important to note, though, that the director’s schedule should be opening up soon now that “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” is in post-production.

Haas added on Twitter, “Our draft of W2 will be Fox-less [referring to Angelina Jolie‘s character] and Loom-less.”

That leaves James McAvoy as the only actor from the first movie likely to return as spoiler alert! Jolie and Morgan Freeman died at the end of the first flick. Apparently “Parks and Recreation” star Chris Pratt might return, since Haas made a point of saying that Pratt’s character Barry survived the first movie, “minus a few teeth.”

When IGN caught up with McAvoy earlier this year, he seemed interested in making “Wanted 2,” but was concerned about the direction the film would follow.

“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 said. “My worry was always that if we do a sequel, where is the character going to go? We hung our movie off this guy’s life journey, and he’s had that life journey now, so what do you hang the movie off?”

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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