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Chris McQuarrie To Write Wolverine 2
Bryan Singer's fave writer boards sequel

14 August 2009  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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It’s early days yet, but it looks like Fox’s mutant prequel sequel, X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2 (or whatever the hell it’s going to be called), is heading in the right direction after Christopher McQuarrie was brought on board to write the screenplay.

McQuarrie, probably best known as Bryan Singer’s go-to screenwriter of choice (he wrote Public Access, won an Oscar for The Usual Suspects, did an uncredited polish on the first X-Men, and most recently penned Valkyrie), is one of the best writers in Hollywood, and his hiring would seem to be a strong signal that Fox and producer/star Hugh Jackman are determined to ensure that the Wolverine sequel is an improvement on the original.

That, of course, wouldn’t be hard. Although the movie grossed almost $400 million at the global box office, it was widely considered to be a largely unsatisfactory and nonsensical origin tale that managed a feat previously thought impossible by rendering its title character somewhat dull.

The sequel, though, should be much better. Although little is known about the main storyline, it has been confirmed, by the world and his wife, that the sequel – based on the great Frank Miller/Chris Claremont mini-series from the early ‘80s - will see the newly-amnesiac Logan pitch up in Japan, where he gets drawn into a conflict between his animalistic side and a desire to adhere to the noble ways of the Samurai code.

Sounds like this could be right up the alley of the guy who wrote and directed The Way Of The Gun, although details are still very vague. How will Taylor Kitsch’s Gambit fit into all of this? Will Liev Schreiber’s Sabretooth make a snarly return to torment the brother he will soon, according to X-Men, never know he had? Will this be a Wolverine movie that actually focuses on Wolverine rather than bends over backwards to become a team-based flick?

The answers will start to come, probably as soon as McQuarrie completes his first draft. Of course, McQuarrie’s involvement has already sent the rumour mill into overdrive, with some suggesting that Bryan Singer may be coaxed back into the X-fold.

Singer, though, has committed to the new movie version of Battlestar Galactica, so it seems likely that a new director will be found. Which makes us wonder: is McQuarrie a contender? He’s only directed once – the aforementioned and underrated Way Of The Gun, back in 2000 – but now that he’s reunited with his old friend, Jackman, you never know…

Lauren Shuler Donner is also producing the movie, which won’t go before the cameras for a while yet.

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Whatever happens, hopefully a script editor will be employed to point out things like: Er, only adamantium bullets can have an effect on him, so what's with sending out the sharpest shooting mutant available to face him with ordinary bullets earlier in the film? Won't we just seem like we're pulling this stuff out of our arses? Films like Wolverine dont strictly have to make sense according to reality as we live it, but the above kind of mistake is so elementary on the most basic leve More

Posted by jobloffski at 20:43 on 17 August 2009 | Report This Post

Purely speculation of course...but rumour has it that Hugh Jackman wants it to be an all singing, all dancing Wolverine movie, since he had such a good time on Oaklahoma. Personally, I can't wait...cause even a musical version of Wolverine 2 would be more entertaining than the first one. More

Posted by MaxRenn at 20:10 on 14 August 2009 | Report This Post

I would like to see someone other than Huge Jackman play 'Ole Canuckle head
He had his chance... and failed. I say we let someone else have a go. Preferably someone short, hairy and canadian. I imagine there's at least ONE in the whole sodding country. And before anyone suggests it, Nathan Fillion is neither short nor hairy (as far as i'm aware). Also, to stop the out-cry of fans lets consider a few examples shall we? Ed Norton as the new Hulk? Ledger as the new Joker? Umm... Syler as the new Spock? All good, all different. Embrace change. More

Posted by christofurr at 18:11 on 14 August 2009 | Report This Post

Saucy. More

Posted by Youshouldberunning at 15:42 on 14 August 2009 | Report This Post

This is fucking brilliant news
Hopefully they'll get a good director now too and we'll get a proper Wolverine movie. I have no problem with McQuarrie directing. I though the Way of the Gun was brilliant. I do hope Gambit can be brought back though. but not if it'll fuck up the rest of the movie More

Posted by shanewire at 11:29 on 14 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Making this film....
L: ThismonkeyhasRAGE is like having sex with a dead hooker. Sure there's nothing stopping you... but it's wrong. hat's brilliant!! Is it from a movie or your own work? Oh yeah, Wolverine 2...The first draft generally means nothing doesn't it? By the fifth one or so the studio will probably have asked for the ninjas to have molded mouths, wear white trainers or they could always throw in a Polar Bear. More

Posted by Gabriel at 10:36 on 14 August 2009 | Report This Post

Making this film....
is like having sex with a dead hooker. Sure there's nothing stopping you... but it's wrong. More

Posted by ThismonkeyhasRAGE at 09:57 on 14 August 2009 | Report This Post

Lets hope that Fox don't step in and fuck it up... again.  More

Posted by beebs_ at 09:37 on 14 August 2009 | Report This Post

Wouldn't it be fantastic if Bryan Singer directed? It's not possible, but that would be pretty brilliant. More

Posted by crazymoviesdude at 08:49 on 14 August 2009 | Report This Post

So it´s really happening...
And I was hoping it was all chit chat... More

Posted by mighty mick at 07:20 on 14 August 2009 | Report This Post

Judging by last time they will take about three years to have it rewritten five times and then hire another director who they refuse to let get on with the job. Should be another winner. More

Posted by Fit Kisto at 06:57 on 14 August 2009 | Report This Post

I'd like to see McQuarrie take a crack at this. His work with Singer is usually great, and Way Of The Gun is still strangely underrated. He should direct more, for certain. More

Posted by CGoodwin at 01:54 on 14 August 2009 | Report This Post

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