Wanted script reviewed
There's a script review appeared online for Wanted, the film of Mark Millar's excellent comic book, and it confirms the fears I've been having about the huge plot changes.
Previously, on Filmstalker, I wrote about the Wanted plot changes which dramatically alter the story, and this script review doesn't do anything to change my thoughts, in fact it compounds them and makes me think that we're heading for another comic book adaptation failure, despite the direction of Timur Bekmambetov and the casting of James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, Terence Stamp and Konstantin Khabensky.
Before I leap into the script review for Wanted and reveal how this film could be a total disaster, without giving anything away that would spoil the film or the comic for you, here's a comparison between the two plot outlines.
Wesley is a loser, struggling along with his humdrum life. Suddenly a woman appears, kills everyone in the room and drives him off in her Mercedes at high speed. She's not chased, no one arrests her, and the story is covered up.
Wesley is the son of a famous super villain who was part of a secret organisation, and organisation who fought the superheroes of the world and won with amazing results. His Father has been murdered and he has to step up and become the killer he was, this gorgeous super villain has been tasked with his training.
Wesley is a loser, struggling along with his humdrum life. Suddenly a woman appears, kills everyone in the room and drives him off in her Mercedes at high speed. She's not chased, no one arrests her, and the story is covered up. [Okay so far, now brace yourself for the change]
Wesley is the son of an Assassin who works for a secret organisation that does the bidding of the Weavers. These are a group of people who literally weave the fate of humanity on huge looms in a hidden industrial world. The fabrics they weave have patterns like binary code that predict the future, and from this the Weavers know who has to be killed and use their secret group of Assassins to do so.
Now that sounds a radically different tale, and if you have read the comic series you'll know exactly how radically different. To me this takes away the unique and clever aspects of the original story and turns to Matrix and the Watch series. Now that's not such a bad thing as those are two excellent series, but Wanted was quite different to those stories.
Looking at the script review over at IESB, which seems to be legitimate and capture the plot reveals that the Director has been talking about to date, I'm less than impressed. There are many spoilers in the review, but the most interesting part is that the effects and style will be almost identical to those used in both the Matrix and Watch series.
It sounds to me as though Hollywood has taken another great comic book script and ignored the source material to throw it into a pre-existing Hollywood film mould, and for such an interesting and engaging story as Wanted, that's a bad thing. This could be another big budget, large cast, comic book adaptation gone wrong.