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If you were one of the many people who thought the writing on “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” was a little, shall we say, sketchy, then this news should make you happy: Twentieth Century Fox has hired Oscar winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (“The Usual Suspects”, “Way of the Gun”) to pen the sequel to “Wolverine”, reports THR.
McQuarrie is not exactly a stranger to the character. He previously worked on the script for the first “X-Men” movie, which was directed by Bryan Singer, the director on McQuarrie’s “The Usual Suspects”. McQuarrie’s most recent film was the Tom Cruise bomb “Valkyrie”, and he’s a producer on the upcoming TV show Persons Unknown.
As expected, the sequel’s plot will take Wolverine (to once again be played by Hugh Jackman, who will also produce) to Japan. The entire scenario was already laid out in a comic book mini-series by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller back in the ’80s, so McQuarrie’s job is already half done for him. Hey, not a bad gig if you can get’em.
Why the rush to get the mutie with the healing factor back on the market? Well, a $180 million haul in the States and $363 million worldwide are pretty good reasons, don’t you think?