Universal have decided to change Wanted’s release date around a little. Instead of having it released on a fairly competition-less March 28th to a rather crowded June 27th. The new date will mean it is opened against Pixar’s WALL-E and Tom Cruise’s Valkyrie. They have obviously done this for a reason, maybe they think it is more of a summer blockbuster than a spring chicken. March worked well for 300 this year, but that was mainly from the hype created, I don’t see that kind of hype for Wanted, so making it a summer film may get more people to see it.
Meanwhile, Wanted actor and rising star, James McAvoy, spoke to ComingSoon about the film.
CS: We’ve talked before about your on-screen chemistry and you’ve had a lot of great leading ladies. Did you get any make-out scenes with Angelina Jolie in “Wanted”?
McAvoy: We have a big old kissing scene, but it’s not a romantic kissing scene. She basically just does it to play a trick on someone, and I’m completely unwittingly taken along on this thinking she might like me, which she actually doesn’t in any way. Yeah, no, she was great as well. Angelina’s really cool.
CS: It doesn’t really look like the comic book at all, but more like “The Matrix.” Did you feel it had that kind of vibe?
McAvoy: I don’t know really. I don’t know what kind of vibe it had on set. We were just doing our own thing. It was very different from the comic book, simply because they started writing the script before all the comic book had come out, and after the initial kind of set-up, they just went off on their own thing. The comic book was kind of unfilmable, man—well, it’s not unfilmable actually, but it’s multiple dimensions, and it’s all super-villains and stuff, and this one is more rooted in the real world while there’s still being a modicum of super-heroism.
CS: Did they set things up at all for a sequel if the movie did well or is it like the comic book?
McAvoy: Oh, yeah, they’ve totally tied us all up and that kind of stuff, just in case it makes millions.