Coming Soon has posted the official synopsis for Wanted, the movie based on Mark Millar’s recent comic book mini-series. Readers of the original book may note some… interesting changes in the concept here:
Based upon Mark Millar’s explosive graphic novel series and helmed by the stunning visualist director Timur Bekmambetov–creator of the most successful Russian film franchise in history, the "Night Watch" series–"Wanted" tells the story of one invisible drone’s transformation into a dark avenger. In 2008, the world will be introduced to a superhero for a new millennium: Wesley Gibson.
25-year-old account manager Wes (James McAvoy) was the most pathetic, cube-dwelling hypochondriac the planet had ever known. His boss chewed him out hourly, his girlfriend cheated on him daily and his life plodded on interminably. Everyone was certain this weakling would never amount to anything. There was little else for Wes to do but wile away the days and die a slow, clock-punching death.
Until he became Wanted.
After the murder of a father he never knew, Wes discovers powers beyond his dreams. He becomes the latest recruit in the Fraternity–a secret society of assassins–and develops lightning-quick reflexes with superhuman agility. Wes soon learns his league of henchmen has but one mission: carry out the death orders of the mythological Fates, weavers of every man’s lifeline.
With wickedly brilliant tutors, he morphs into a killing machine and starts erasing one bad guy after another. But as Wes grows into the mantle passed down by his father…he discovers his clan members are not exactly the enforcers of justice they claim to be. Just as he gets everything he ever Wanted, Wesley Gibson will learn that with the ability to deliver death comes an even more difficult power…controlling your own life.
The Mythical Fates? What the fuck? In the comic supervillains – like Wesley’s dad – had wiped out all the superheroes. Upon his dad’s death, Wesley became one of the cabal of villains who ruled the whole world. That’s very different from what’s described here, and frankly better. What’s the point of even optioning this comic if you’re going to throw away the entire fucking concept?