A smash hit action movie that didn’t get the sequel it deserved weaves into the Netflix Top 10

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The formula for launching a franchise is a very simple one; a hit movie earns big bucks at the box office, proving that audiences are open to the initial concept. Throw in enthusiastic reviews and boundless potential for telling more stories set in the same world, and it’s off to the races. Frustratingly, though, 2008’s Wanted never got the sequel it deserved.

An R-rated action blockbuster earning $342 million from theaters on a $75 million budget, never mind one that secured a Certified Fresh Rotten Tomatoes score of 71 percent, should be a license to print money. That was admittedly the plan for a while, but following much early buzz around Wanted 2, the project eventually fell by the wayside and failed to escape from development hell.

Wanted

Which is a real shame, because James McAvoy’s bullet-curving assassin was more than capable of leading a multi-film series, especially when the convoluted mythology and over-the-top stylistic absurdity on display in Timur Bekmambetov’s Hollywood debut barely scratched the surface of what a Wanted saga could (and should) have been.

Nevertheless, Netflix subscribers have been spending their time getting reacquainted with the balls-to-the-wall orgy of heightened violence in their numbers, after Wanted conspired to make an unexpected surge up the platform’s charts to wind up as the ninth most-watched title in the United States, as per FlixPatrol. The sequel ship may have sailed, but that doesn’t make the OG any less fun.

McAvoy revealed what he wanted to see in Wanted 2 as recently as last year, but it was sadly little more than wishful thinking.