Derek Haas and Michael Brandt are wanted men at Universal Pictures again, as the studio has tapped the “Wanted” scribes to rewrite Evan Spiliotopoulos’ screenplay for “Wanted 2.”
Timur Bekmambetov directed the original 2008 action pic, which starred James Mc-Avoy and Angelina Jolie. Movie was based on Mark Millar and J.G. Jones’ comicbook series, which followed a disillusioned office worker who discovers his father was part of a secret society of assassins with special abilities.
Brandt and Haas, who received story credits on the film, shared screenplay credits with Chris Morgan (“Fast Five”), who was hired to work on a sequel in the fall of 2008.
With “Wanted” grossing $341 million worldwide, Universal had plenty of incentive to fast-track development of a sequel, though there hasn’t been much movement on the project since Spiliotopoulos boarded in 2009.
Marc Platt will produce “Wanted 2” along with Jim Lemley, Ken Levin, Jason Netter and Bekmambetov. Universal execs Jeff Kirschenbaum and Anikah McLaren will oversee for the studio.
Brandt recently directed the Richard Gere-Topher Grace spy thriller “The Double,” which he co-wrote with Haas. Duo also wrote “The Courier,” an upcoming crime thriller that stars Mickey Rourke and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
Haas and Brandt are represented by WME, Industry Entertainment and attorney Adam Kaller.