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20 June, 2008 / Erik

Wanted: Timur Bekmambetov

Continuing coverage of “Wanted,” I spoke with the film’s director, Timur Bekmambetov. Here’s a sample:

Before Bekmambetov came onto the project, the super-villain aspect of the Mark Millar and J.G. Jones’s original comics had already been eliminated in the film’s writing stage. To Bekmambetov, the decision to tone down the book’s nastiness was “smart.” He continued, “I don’t think it’s good for millions of people to see a movie about a person just killing people for fun.” As for the Injustice Gang-style setting of the book, he said, “This idea is good for comic book, but doesn’t work for a movie.” The changes, however, illustrate the difference between the two mediums. “It has the same vibe, the same ideas but it’s different because you cannot repeat. Comic books [are] different. You study pictures, you have time to think, and a movie has to run.”

Bekmambetov still feels, however, that the film is true to the story of “Wanted,” particularly in regards to the main character of Wesley Gibson. “It was very important because I was trying to protect the original source, make it as close as possible to the original character. Even it he’s different, looks different, there’s a different scene, but tonally he’s the same.”

More at CBR.


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