Last we heard from the "Wanted" camp, plans for a sequel remained in limbo, without even star James McAvoy sure of the project's status.

With "Wanted" director Timur Bekmambetov currently hard at work on "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," MTV News made sure to ask his producing partner Jim Lemley whether a sequel to the 2008 hit starring McAvoy, Angelina Jolie, and Morgan Freeman was still in the works.

"We still talk sometimes about 'Wanted 2,'" he told MTV News. "We want to try and continue that story because it's a very interesting one for us." Read More...

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WantedBy Jenni Miller

"Wanted" fans have been clamoring for a sequel since we first saw Angelina Jolie snatch James McAvoy up for the car ride of his life. However, despite story developments that would make it rather difficult for at least one character to return in a sequel, the film plays pretty fast and loose with the comic book source material — enough so that a sequel could be possible, or at least that's what "Wanted" writer Mark Millar has been teasing us with for a few years.

In any case, McAvoy can't escape questions about the possibility, even during interviews for "X-Men: First Class."

"I don't know what's happening," the Scottish actor told IGN. "I know that the script came out a while back which I don't think they were happy with in the end." Read More...

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"Cowboys & Aliens" producer Platinum Studios has been increasingly active the last few years with adaptations of their comic book-based properties, and today brings news of their latest acquisition: Top Cow Productions' "V.I.C.E."

Platinum has teamed up with "Jonah Hex" producer Andrew Lazar and Top Cow Productions to develop a feature film adaptation of the Top Cow miniseries, reports Deadline.

"V.I.C.E." follows a group of delinquent teenagers who agree to join the FBI's Critical Response Unit in exchange for cleared-up criminal records. The teens happen to have superpowers, which they put to good use in bringing down domestic terrorists and any superhuman threats. Read More...


RestAlmost as soon as "Heroes" actor Milo Ventimiglia announced his 2008 comic book series "Rest," everyone began wondering when it would be picked up by a movie studio or television network. The waiting is over now, though, as it looks like the project is headed to NBC for development as a TV series.

According to Deadline, "Rest" received a script commitment from producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, and Ventimiglia will star in and executive produce the drama series based on his comic about a workaholic who volunteers to test an experimental drug that eliminates the need for sleep. Ventimiglia's Divide Pictures producing partner Russ Cundiff will also executive produce the series, along with Marc Silvestri and Matt Hawkins from "Rest" comic publisher Top Cow, and writer Philip Levens ("Smallville"), who will adapt the comic for television.

“It’s really about the struggle of this one guy against a government conspiracy,” Ventimiglia told MTV News back in 2008 when the series launched. “I equate it to two trains running, and when they intersect, there will be a huge disaster.” Read More...

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CrosshairOne of the many stories to come out of San Diego Comic-Con this year was a deal between comic book publisher Top Cow and Mandeville Films to create a big-screen adaptation of "Crosshair," one of the upcoming titles in Top Cow's "Pilot Season" line.

Co-written by comics veteran Marc Silvestri and former studio executive, movie producer, and comic book book author Jeff Katz ("Booster Gold"), "Crosshair" tells the story of a CIA assassin turned family man who discovers that he's been brainwashed with orders to kill the President in the next 48 hours. He must uncover the conspiracy behind the plan before someone triggers his "programming."

"Crosshair" is set to hit shelves October 13 as part of Top Cow's "Pilot season" event, in which readers can check out the first issues of several potential ongoing series and decide which one should continue.

I spoke to Katz about the "Crosshair" comic and movie deal, and who he'd like to see in front of and behind the camera in a perfect world. The crew at Top Cow has also provided Splash Page readers with the first look at "Crosshair" ahead of its release next week! Read More...

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CrosshairTop Cow's next 'Pilot Season' may not begin until October, but they've already picked a winner.

According to Variety, Mandeville Films (a subsidiary company of Disney) and Top Cow made a deal during last week's San Diego Comic-Con International to bring "Crosshair" — one of the 2010 "Pilot Season" books — to the big screen. "Crosshair" was created and co-written by Marc Silvestri and Jeff Katz, with art by Allan Jefferson.

The one-shot comic — which will be released this October — follows a former CIA assassin turned family man named Justin Weller who discovers that he's been brainwashed to kill the President and he has less than two days to uncover the conspiracy behind it before someone triggers his "programming," which may be irreversible once active. Read More...

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Back in April, a rumor surfaced that "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart was in the running to play the female lead in a sequel to "Wanted," Timur Bekmambetov's follow-up to the 2008 film based on Mark Millar and J.G. Jones' comic book series.

When MTV News sat down with Stewart during the press junket for "Twilight: Eclipse," we checked in with the actress to find out if there was any truth to the rumor that she'll be following in Angelina Jolie's footsteps alongside returning "Wanted" star James McAvoy.

"It's weird to answer questions like this," said Stewart, who simply stated that "the only two projects that I am confirmed in now are 'On The Road' and '[Twilight:] Breaking Dawn.'" Read More...

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Kristen StewartWhile it certainly appears that Angelina Jolie's days as a "Wanted" woman are over, director Timur Bekmembatov is already eying a replacement killer in the form of "Twilight" leading lady Kristen Stewart.

According to E! Online, Stewart is Bekmambetov's top choice to replace Jolie in "Wanted 2," pitting her against the returning James McAvoy as reluctant assassin Wesley Gibson. If hired, Stewart would play "a young, ass-kicking assassin in the Fraternity."

Contacted for comment, Stewart's representatives did not respond by time of publication. Read More...

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By Sujay Kumar

One thing's for sure: if/when "Wanted 2" hits theaters, Angelina Jolie will not be taking a shot at rising from the dead.

MTV News caught up with "Wanted" co-creator Mark Millar at the South By Southwest Film Festival to get his thoughts on how the "Wanted 2" story and its fraternity of assassins will move forward without Jolie's character, and why the answer could lie in the introduction of other fraternities around the world.

"They killed off the most recognizable character, but I thought it was great to do that," Millar told MTV News. "It was so ballsy to kill off the one person you didn't expect to die." Read More...

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Angelina JolieLast week, word broke that Angelina Jolie had turned down the chance to reprise her role as Fox in "Wanted 2." Despite initial rumors claiming that the potential sequel had been shelved by Universal, "Wanted" co-creator Mark Millar has indicated the film will proceed without Jolie.

“'Wanted 2' will be certainly going ahead, because the first one made too much money for them not to do a sequel," explained Millar during an interview with STV. "What I heard was that there’s filming this year for a release at the end of next year, so the plot that they had will have some modifications now. Her character will have to be written out completely. We’ll see what happens, I don’t know, it changes every day. Again, things get so out of your hands with film because 300 people are involved, whereas with comics it’s just you and your artist." Read More...

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