Update: This story features a correction — Liev Schreiber has not yet read the screenplay.
Last week it was reported that screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie) has turned in a screenplay for Wolverine 2, and that a January 2011 start date decided for the comic book sequel. io9 reports that during that press conference for Repo Men, actor Liev Schreiber said he had dinner with Hugh Jackman last night, who has read the first draft of the sequel script. Schreiber, who played Sabertooth in the original film, says it is “still not clear whether or not Victor will be present in the Japan storyline.” Is Schreiber just playing coy or was he sent the script because Fox is considering adding his character to the next installment?
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Slow news day today, so there are a couple of small news items bubbling up. One is that the script for Wolverine 2 has been handed in, and a January 2011 start date decided for the sequel to Hugh Jackman’s last mutant outing. Read More »
Wolverine 2 is happening. But who’s going to direct? It might be Gavin Hood, director of this year’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Or it might be someone else. At a recent press event for the DVD release of Wolverine Hood was on hand to talk about this year’s film with producer Lauren Schuler-Donner. Naturally, questions arose about the planned sequel. Read More »
Christopher McQuarrie has signed on to pen the screenplay for a sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine. This comes as no surprise, especially considering the film grossed over $158 million worldwide on opening weekend.
Hugh Jackman has said that a sequel will loosely follow the early 1980s Chris Claremont/Frank Miller comic book miniseries, where Logan journeys to Japan and attempts to cool his killer instincts, and trains to live life under the samurai’s code of honor and respect. The storyline was also hinted at in one of the film’s after-credits easter egg endings which showed Logan drinking in a Japanese bar. Seed Productions is producing with Jackman, who would also star again as Wolverine.
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We’ve known more or less for certain that another Wolverine movie was happening and that it could well take place in Japan. Over the weekend, while appearing at the Teen Choice Awards, Hugh Jackman said on stage that Wolverine would be heading to Japan, and then gave MTV a few more quotes backstage. “Japan is where we’re heading,” he said, “[and] we’re starting to work on it now. We’re in the … first steps of developing that story.” Read More »
X-Men Origins: Wolverine hasn’t even hit theaters and Hugh Jackman is already “developing” a potential sequel. And why not? Box Office analysts are already predicting a $92 million opening.
“I won’t lie to you, I have been talking to writers, I’m a big fan of the Japanese saga in the comic book,” Jackman told MTV. “However, we’ll find out beginning of May if there’s still an audience for it, if people still like the character. There’s no point in telling the story if no one wants to hear it.”
As you know, included after the credits are a series of short Easter egg endings, which 20th Century Fox head Tom Rothman admitted to IESB, “hint about what [X-Men films] are coming next.” I know that one of the endings involves the future of (possible spoiler) Deadpool, while another one features Wolverine in a Japanese bar. We already knew a Deadpool movie was in development, and there have been tiny rumblings of a Wolverine sequel. But it now becomes obvious that the Logan in Japan ending sets the stage for the next story.
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Earlier this week we reported that Slumdog Millionaire screenwriter Simon Beaufoy had mentioned during an appearance at the Bradford International Film Festival that he had been offered and accepted an offer to write a sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Hours later our friends at FirstShowing heard back from 20th Century Fox who claimed that “the executives haven’t talked with any writers” for the project. Now Entertainment Weekly confirms that “Beaufoy was approached by Wolverine producer Lauren Shuler Donner to gauge the writer’s interest in W2, but no formal offer was made.” So that’s the final word on the story — there was some truth to the story after all.
Moving on, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter has finally chosen his next project, and its not a Wolverine prequel sequel. Beaufoy is working on a screenplay for DreamWorks Animation’s Truckers, which THR claims is in the early of stages of development and that no character or plot information has been revealed BUT they are wrong. The film has been in development at the studio since at least 2001, originally with Shrek director Andrew Adamson attached to write and direct, but went on to helm Shrek 2 instead before moving on to the Chronicles of Narnia films. So what is Truckers about? Details after the jump.
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Update: Alex from FirstShowing contacted Fox, and the studio claims the story isn’t true.
I received an interesting e-mail yesterday from a /Film reader named Adam B claiming that Wolverine 2 was in development, and Slumdog Millionaire screenwriter Simon Beaufoy was penning the script.
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