Honey bear to bullets for writer


If anyone could bend a flying bullet, it's Pooh.

Evan Spiliotopoulos, co-writer of "Pooh's Heffalump Movie" and its DVD Halloween spinoff, has been hired to write Universal's action sequel "Wanted 2," based on a story by Chris Morgan. Like the original 2008 film, the in-development sequel is based on the comic series created by Mark 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. Universal production executive Jeff Kirschenbaum will oversee the project for the studio.

Morgan co-wrote the first film with Michael Brandt and Derek Haas.

"Wanted," which starred Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy, grossed $339 million worldwide.

Spiliotopoulos, repped by UTA and attorney Sean Marks, most recently adapted Dave Roman's graphic novel "Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery" for Thor Freudenthal to direct at Paramount. He also has "The Last Call" in development at Universal. (partialdiff)