Wanted creator defends Wanted 2's writer

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Wanted creator Mark Millar jumped to the defense of Evan Spiliotopoulos, the writer behind Pooh's Heffalump Movie, who has been hired to write the sequel, Wanted 2.

Writing on his official message board, the comic author dismissed skepticism of Spiliotopoulos. "Never listen to any commentators as they never know anything about who's coming back, etc.," Millar wrote. "It's just speculation, and 99 percent of the time these guys don't have access to the people who know. Wanted 2 is being made in a very tight circle at the moment. As a producer on the thing, I'm excited. I know who's in it, and after doing 342 million [dollars] at the box office, we have [serious] money to spend on everything from cast to crew to script."

As for Spiliotopoulos, Millar said: "This guy is supposed to be really good. He did a GREAT action script recently (on an unproduced movie), and that's what got him this gig."

The sequel will be based on the comic series created by Millar and J.G. Jones. Marc E. Platt and Jim Lemley are producing with Timur Bekmambetov, who directed the first film and is attached to helm the sequel.