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      CommentAuthorUnsub
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    One of my favourite comics of all time is Wanted by Mark Millar. Now we find it is going to be a movie by Universal with James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman and Angilina Jolie. I think Angilina is a horrible choice for the fox. She is about 20 years to old and NOT BLACK. The Fox was black or at least mixed race and young with a totally different feel than Jolie. Tila Tequila could have done it OK.

    At least they are selling the TPB for 20$ so all of you who missed it can check it out before Hollywood screws it up beyond belief.
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    You are aware Mark Millar is deeply in love with the script and even as a cameo in it.....right?
    • CommentAuthorMusiM
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
     (364.3)
    Oh and you forgot the parts about there being NO SUPERVILLANS in it. Seriously, it was awesome seeing Mister Rictus in the comic and then IDW was nice enough to come out with a comic version of the Thief of Always just as a reminder of where he came from.

    I also heard something like the assassins guild in the Wanted movie gets their targets from some sort of seer types.

    Either way I'm gonna go check it out. No sense in getting angry about it before I see it.
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      CommentAuthorScribe
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
     (364.4)
    I was highly disappointed to see that the movie will probably have a PG or PG-13 rating. I don't see how anyone can make this movie good without an R rating. I'll wait for the video and I give it a max of two weeks in theaters.
    • CommentAuthorknot
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
     (364.5)
    If the trailer and plot is any indication, this will be a steaming pile, and nigh unwatchable, Millar's approval be damned. Also, did you seriously just suggest that TIla Tequila should be considered for a role in a film?
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    I do not care for the original to be honest. I just thought the notion of Hollywood destroying it was worth contrasting to Millar's vocal approval.
    • CommentAuthorknot
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
     (364.7)
    I am more or less in agreement with both of those statements, JTraub. Really, I didn't love the comic, but it had a certain nihilistic fun streak that I thought might play well on film. I also think it read like something that was intended to sell as a movie, more or less as is, which made Millar's approval of the seemingly bland action movie adaptation pretty surprising and a little disappointing.
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      CommentAuthorJacen
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
     (364.8)
    The film is just going to be a completely different animal and that isn't such a bad thing. The comic stands up as an excellent comic and the film should be judged as a film, not on how literally it adapts the source material. I personally don't mind the changes Hollywood makes to comic properties (or literary for that matter) as long as they are improvements to that 90 minute experience. Often times the changes end up being pointless or poorly written but I don't believe that straying from the source material is somehow sacrilegious which the fan community usually seems to feel. Granted, I am also in the unpopular camp that believes that strict historical continuity in a long running title is a ridiculous concept. I fail at fanboy.
    • CommentAuthorharchangel
    • CommentTimeDec 21st 2007 edited
     (364.9)
    Haven't read the comic but know the basic premise. I'm just really curious how Timur Bekmambetov is going to handle a massive American blockbuster with A-List talent. After seeing Nightwatch and Daywatch...well...whether it resembles the source material or not it's going to be a crazy (and hopefully enjoyable) ride.
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      CommentAuthorScribe
    • CommentTimeDec 21st 2007
     (364.10)
    "The film is just going to be a completely different animal and that isn't such a bad thing."

    Normally I would agree with this statement. In cases like Batman, Spider-man, Superman, and the X-men there is a broad base of exposure. If you live in America, you more than likely know who Batman is, even if you never picked up a Batman comic. Wanted is a totally different animal. Those that will probably want to see this movie are fans of the comic. You can't hope for broad appeal when you are driving away the fan base.
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    i am worried, but i will wait until i see it to draw my conclusion. unfortunately, it doesnt look to be about the book i love so, one strike already...
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      CommentAuthorJacen
    • CommentTimeDec 21st 2007
     (364.12)
    If we are being very generous, there are maybe 100,000 people who have read the comic. If that is the only demographic that is going to see the movie they are royally fucked. No, Wanted is supposed to appeal to action movie and Jolie fans and the comic audience is going to be a minuscule piece of the pie, like with 300 and Road to Perdition. Pleasing fans of the comic looking for a pure recreation is the last thing on their mind. I imagine the mentality behind Watchmen is different but Wanted doesn't have a big enough base to worry about.
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    You can't hope for broad appeal when you are driving away the fan base.


    I would assume they are hoping for broad appeal and presuming the fan base will see it out of curiosity anyway. As Jacen said, the fan base is nothing in terms of tickets. If each reader of the comic (sold 80K each iirc) saw the movie twice and brought two other people each time, and nobody else went at all, well the movie would make around 5 million dollars total.

    Fandom is by and large irrelevant here.
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    Tila Tequila. That's amazing. Oh, gotta go, my Snark Monster is trying to escape it's cage.
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    Tila Tequila, really?
    • CommentAuthorElohim
    • CommentTimeDec 21st 2007 edited
     (364.16)
    Tila Tequila? Having checked her on Answers.com I don't see her in the role either...

    Read Wanted for the first time today. Bit disappointed by the ending, tbh.

    [edited for clarity]
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      CommentAuthorUnsub
    • CommentTimeDec 21st 2007
     (364.17)
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    I feel better now that I know the Nightwatch/daywatch guy is behind it but far worse with the PG13 rating. I am not a fanatic about source material but I do want some of the best parts of the book in the movie. This is the type of movie that needs a bit of shock value to make the point about how bad the characters really are
    and to show his desensitization process. Thats what made the comic different than all the other action/superhero stuff was Wesley being a wuss and Fox and the Killer teaching him how to be a man and then his own realization that he doesn't HAVE to be violent he just has to be able to when called upon. This is something that most men used to learn growing up but nowadays a lot don't anymore. A new age loser coming to grips with that is the best part of the comic.

    OK I totally admit Tila was a crazy choice for the Fox but I stand by it as lots better than Angilina. Tila is the right age and build and at least has some ethnicity.
    Jessica Alba was probably who they "WANTED". I saw the Fox as kind of the crazy little bar/dance club girl who always goes for the worst gangster in the place.
    <img src="http://<a href="http://www.putfile.com/pic.php?img=6994062" target="_blank"><img src="http://img2.putfile.com/thumb/11/30400573262.jpg" " alt="" />
  7.  (364.18)
    Or they wanted someone who can act. True, Jolie often does not bring her actual talent to bare on the action movies she is in, but she can do quite a good job when she wants. I don't think ethnicity was all that key to the character, since honestly all it was in the comic was to complete the "staring Eminem and Halle Berry (with Tommy Lee Jones)" visual.
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      CommentAuthorUnsub
    • CommentTimeDec 21st 2007
     (364.19)
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Touche ,JTraub. I blame my Tila desktop

    This isn't exactly it but I have not checked the rules about whether boobies are alowed.
    <img src="http://<a href="http://www.putfile.com/pic.php?img=7117307" target="_blank"><img src="http://img2.putfile.com/thumb/11/32102012055.jpg"" alt="" />
  8.  (364.20)
    "Jessica Alba was probably who they "WANTED"."

    I doubt that. Angelina Jolie brings serious starpower. There's no indication that Jessica Alba can open a film in the same way.