Trailer Tuesday: Wanted
Believe it or not, Wanted is actually based on an adult comic miniseries by Mark Millar. The reason it's a case of believe it or not, is that in researching this big screen adaptation, the much feared words "loosely adapted" keep popping up.
Wanted, the comic series, takes place in a world where super-villains have banded together and eliminated all superheroes. Unchallenged, these villains secretly rule the world, rewriting history in their favour so that there's no evidence the world was once a more hopeful place.
In this context, young Wesley Gibson discovers that his father was one of these super-villains, a deadly assassin called The Killer. Now Wesley himself has been recruited to fill his father's role.
Now either the film makers are keeping their plot cards close to their chest, or the film has taken a big step away from its source material - because very little of the world context comes through in this first Wanted trailer.
Frankly it looks like yet another Matrix clone, mixing the "seize your destiny" message with acrobatics, insane stunts and gunplay.
I hope I'm wrong, because the comic series sounds intruiging - I just may have to add the trade paperback to my Christmas wishlist. Plus, the film has a strong cast, including James "Mr Tumnus" McAvoy, Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman and Terence Stamp.
Wanted is set for release on 28 March 2008. I'm sure we'll be hearing a lot more about it before then.