Stalked: Wanted 2 and more 30 Days of Night
This happens a lot, I write about stories and way later other sites write about them as though they were breaking, usually I don't take the time to write up "I told you so ages ago" because I assume they'll be found, and anyway I'm not competing. However there's a couple of interesting conjectures in both these stories.
Before 30 Days of Night was even released there was talk of a sequel, and why not, it was looking great with a strong story. A town in Alaska is besieged by vampires, taking advantage of the month of darkness that it is about to enter, the residents must do everything they can to stay alive.
Now Bloody Disgusting through First Showing are reporting that the sequel is confirmed, there's no news really on casting (apart from complete rumour) but considering the ending and what has been said before, there's the strong chance that Melissa George will be returning. However the story might not be set in a month of darkness, instead it might be in L.A., which confuses me somewhat.
Meanwhile Mark Millar has talked openly about a Wanted (Filmstalker review) sequel twice now, and the last time the studio had asked for the sequel on the opening night and told him to get an idea for them the following week, and he did.
"The minute the movie came out and made $55 million the opening weekend, they knew it would be headed toward the $300 million mark in theaters, and another $200 estimated on DVD...So they invested $100 million in it, and made $500 million back, and they were really pleased with that, so immediately, Wanted 2 and 3 were greenlit, and James [McAvoy] was signed on for another two movies, so there's a larger plan at work here...
...At the premiere, everybody knew that it was going to make a lot of money, and we were all buzzing...On the way out, Mark Platt, the main producer put his arms around me and JG and said, 'Okay, so what's the plan for Wanted 2?' I looked at him and said, 'There is no plan,' and he said to me, 'Okay, well, have something for us next week.'"
He delivered the story outline for the sequel, which you can read a little about here, and Chris Morgan is saying through MTV that he's on board to write the film and that Timur Bekmambetov will be directing.
So a couple of little updates there for you, but by no means huge exclusives.