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Universal Wants a Jolie-less Sequel for Wanted 2

Angelina Jolie in Wanted

Variety sucks the sweat off a dead dog’s balls.

Seems to me if you’ve been around as long as Variety has you’d have learned a thing or two about avoiding spoilers while reporting the news.  Apparently I’m wrong to have assumed that, but now I know better after reading Variety’s report on producer Marc Platt’s contract renewal with Universal Pictures.  At the top of Platt’s to-do list is a sequel to the Angelina Jolie/James McAvoy hit, Wanted.  I haven’t see Wanted yet as the trailers absolutely screamed “Netflix rental”, but I do plan on watching it soon.  So what does Variety go ahead and do?  Let’s start with what they didn’t do…

SPOILERS AHEAD

Pretty easy wasn’t it?  A warning to let folks know that something important is going to be revealed… it’s a common sense courtesy.  But Variety didn’t go that route… they didn’t warn their readers of potential spoilers in the news piece, spoilers such as inferring quite heavily in two separate instances that Jolie’s character dies before the end of Wanted.

“Proceeding at quicker pace is ‘Wanted 2’, though Platt acknowledged that the creative team is still working on the challenge of continuing the story after most of the principal characters – including Angelina Jolie – ended the original in no position for an encore.”

So I repeat… Variety sucks the sweat off a dead dog’s balls.

The uber-producer has several other upcoming projects on his agenda including an absolute slew of new film musicals… Jesus Christ Superstar, which I believe will be the first superhero musical; Rob Marshall’s Nine, which features Daniel Day-Lewis singing about lactose intolerance; and Wicked, which is in all honesty, the best damn stage musical you’ll ever see.

Rob is the Chief Film Critic of Film School Rejects. He doesn't eat cheese on weekdays.

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