THR's Showbiz 411 has confirmed that the sequel to "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" will be ready to begin shooting by January of 2011.
Christopher McQuarrie ("The Usual Suspects," "Valkyrie") has finished the screenplay for the project, which will see star Hugh Jackman returning as the metal-clawed mutant.
In Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's 1982 four-issue comic book miniseries, Wolverine journeys to the Far East to track down former fiancee Mariko Yashida and learns the ways of the samurai. He battles a ninja clan called The Hand as he struggles with whether to give in to his animalistic killer instincts or follow the samurai code of honor and respect.
There is no director yet, but THR's Roger Friedman says the script is a bit different than originally thought.
"It's a beautiful story," a source said, "and will be very different than the first film."
And that's a good thing as I'm hoping "Wolverine 2" will be better than the first film. While it was a decent action flick, it was nothing to really get excited about.
They're definitely in the right direction with McQuarrie writing the screenplay as I think he's a great writer (he won an Oscar for "The Usual Suspects"). Secondly, they're using the storyline from Wolverine's Japanese comic book arc from the 80s, which is amazing and will hopefully translate well to the big screen. And they're hiring a Japanese actress to play opposite Hugh Jackman as his love interest.
Now all that's left is to find a director who can put the finishing touches on and show us the "Wolverine" movie we've wanted to see. I'm not expecting it to be rated-R, but maybe they can make it a hard PG-13 like "The Dark Knight."
More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: The Geek Files, First Showing