It might be said that creating a believable world that doesn’t really exist is the specialty of Timur Bekmambetov—although he would be quick to point out that that world might bear a slight resemblance to our own, but just tweaked, skewed and heightened.
Producer Marc Platt offers, “Hopefully, audiences will enjoy the film and be marvelously entertained, but also see something original. They should have a reason to go out to the movies on a Friday night—to experience a thrill ride with great characters all under the very sure and deft hand of a truly visionary filmmaker. And that’s exactly what we’ve done.”
Angelina Jolie comments, “I think what’s really cool is that with James as an action hero—he’s not an obvious action movie star—but with him, it will be nice for people in the audience to actually relate to him…like, ‘If that was me and I was working in my little cubicle and my life sucked, but I had skills and I didn’t know what I was worth…could I do that?’ James surprised me a lot. This movie will be more about Wesley’s story, as opposed to him being some ideal action hero. But James represents the everyman, and that is very, very cool to see.”
But how does the hero everyman feel? James McAvoy muses, “I don’t see myself doing another action movie for awhile. The 14-year-old boy in me was very excited about doing Wanted and I’m very appreciative of the opportunity to play Wesley but, to be bloody honest, I didn’t even have this much pain when I was 14. Maybe that’s why a 14-year-old boy would be keen to do this kind of thing, you know? I really have enjoyed it, though. It was just amazing.”
Timur Bekmambetov closes, “Wanted tells the story of an ordinary man who discovers this very different world…and all along this world was right next to him. Like in your neighborhood, but only two blocks away, and you never walked that way in all of your life. And one day, you walk differently and you find it. He just didn’t know it was there. And now that he’s there, what will he do?”
Universal Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment Present, In Association with Relativity Media, A Marc Platt/Kickstart Production, In Association with Top Cow: Wanted, starring James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Terence Stamp, Thomas Kretschmann, Common and Angelina Jolie. The music is by Danny Elfman. The costume designer is Varya Avdyushko. The film editor is David Brenner, ACE; the production designer is John Myhre; and the director of photography is Mitchell Amundsen. The executive producers are Adam Siegel, Marc Silvestri, Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber. The film is produced by Marc Platt, Jim Lemley, Jason Netter and Iain Smith. Wanted is based on the series of comic books by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones; the story is by Michael Brandt & Derek Haas; the screenplay is by Michael Brandt & Derek Haas and Chris Morgan. Wanted is directed by Timur Bekmambetov.