While doing press for his upcoming musical Into the Woods, producer Marc Platt offered updates on two of his upcoming projects, the action-packed sequel Wanted 2 and another musical adaptation, Wicked.
Just a few days before Wanted hit theaters in 2008, Mark Millar, who wrote the comic book the film is based on, revealed that a sequel was already in the works, although we haven't heard much on the follow-up in the six years that followed that initial announcement. Marc Platt reveals that the script is still being developed, and it isn't quite there yet. But the sequel will happen nonetheless:
"We have a script that's getting pretty good. To do a sequel when it wasn't really set up for a sequel - one of our main characters dies in it. You don't want to just retread a similar story, but when we get the script to a certain bar, there will be a sequel. It's taken a while because it's challenging, as I said, because we lost a main, main character, so where that James McAvoy character goes now... we have good ideas though. It's coming along."
The "main character" he refers to is Angelina Jolie's Fox, who sacrifices herself at the end of Wanted. Back in April 2010, there was speculation that Kristen Stewart may play a new female recruit trained by James McAvoy's Wesley, but that was never confirmed. When asked if Mark Millar will still be involved in the sequel, Marc Platt had this to say.
"He's always going to be involved but he's not going to write the screenplay which is far along, as I said, but he's always going to be involved because the tone he puts forth is so much his tone and I think the film captured that dark humor of his really well."
Marc Platt also offered an update on his stage adaptation Wicked, which was first announced back in July 2010. Composer Stephen Schwartz revealed in April that the project is still moving forward, but Marc Platt said that we are still a few years away from seeing the movie in theaters.
"The movie of Wicked is still a number of years down the line. We've just started its development, because the show's still so strong with eight or nine companies around the world. That's coming in the future. That's why I haven't been in a hurry, because it works so well on stage and audiences are enjoying it. It's not a timely story, it's a timeless sorry, so I've been very sanguine to let folks explore it theatrically and when we're ready we'll make a movie."