Last week we reported that Evan Spiliotopoulos, co-writer of Pooh’s Heffalump Movie and its DVD Halloween spin-off, had been hired to write Wanted 2. Like others, I was a little surprised that a screenwriter with a past filmography comprising of family animated films was hired to pen the sequel to a balls-to-the-wall action-filled comic book adaptation. Comic book creator and producer Mark Millar has finally commented, coming to the defense of Spiliotopoulos:
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Universal has hired a new writer to pen a sequel to the popular comic book movie action film Wanted. Who did they hire? Evan Spiliotopoulos, co-writer of Pooh’s Heffalump Movie and its DVD Halloween spin-off. It doesn’t make sense, but it doesn’t really have to make sense. The screenwriters of the first film wrote 2 Fast 2 Furious and Catch that Kid.
Thor Freudenthal (Hotel For Dogs) will direct a big screen adaptation of Dave Roman‘s graphic novel Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery for Paramount. The 136-page, black-and white trade paperback collects all of the Agnes Quill stories, which is illustrated by Jason Ho, Jen Wang, Jeff Zornow, and Eisner-nominee Raina Telgemeier. The official plot synopsis from the book follows:
“Agnes Quill is the story of a teenage detective, the haunted city she lives in, the strange cases she solves, and the ghosts who help, hinder, or just plain annoy her. Set in Legerdemain—a congested, fog-filled, cobblestone-paved Victorian city built around a cemetery the size of Central Park—Agnes’ adventures include confrontations with trapped spirits, cursed souls, possessed relatives, disappearing pets, decapitated scientists, ambitious zombies, and a mess of other supernatural oddities.”
Disney direct-to-video-sequel writer Evan Spiliotopoulos (The Lion King 1½, The Jungle Book 2) is writing the script. You can read a huge preview of the book on Google Books.