Director promises “shocking” sequel to McAvoy movie ‘Wanted’

Director Timur Bekmambetov insists that the sequel to 2008 action film 'Wanted' is "on track"

Director Timur Bekmambetov has said that the second Wanted film is “on track”.

He also promised that the sequel to the 2008 action film, based on the comic book miniseries of the same name, will be “shocking”.

Wanted starred James McAvoy as a frustrated office worker who discovers that he is the son of a professional assassin. McAvoy’s character, Wesley Gibson, proceeds to join a secret guild of assassins featuring characters played by Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman and rapper Common.

A sequel has been mooted since Wanted became a box office hit, grossing $341 million worldwide, but progress has been slow.

“An unbelievable thing happened three weeks ago,” Bekmambetov told The Playlist. “Three weeks ago I came up with a great idea and I pitched this idea and everybody fell in love with it. And now I think we’re on track. Right now the writer is working on the script and it will be shocking.

He also confirmed that the sequel will centre around McAvoy’s character, saying: “It’s a continuation of the story with Wesley Gibson. Other people are dead, you know, we can’t bring them back. The story is the same character, same mythology, but it’s got a great twist.”

Bekmambetov’s latest film – Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, starring Dominic Cooper and Benjamin Walker – is released this Friday (June 22).