Very soon after X-Men Origins: Wolverine kicked off the summer blockbuster season with a massive $85 million opening, we heard that a sequel was already being prepared. Now this week Fox has officially started the ball rolling by hiring a writer for the project — but it’s not David Benioff nor Skip Woods, the duo who wrote the first Wolvie screenplay. Nope, this time around it’s Bryan Singer’s buddy Christopher McQuarrie, writer of The Usual Suspects and Valkyrie, and the writer/director of The Way of the Gun.
The Hollywood Reporter confirms that the movie will loosely follow the 1980s comic storyline from Chris Claremont and Frank Miller where Logan travels to Japan and fights ninjas. Jackman himself is acting as producer as he did on X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and apparently met with McQuarrie to discuss preliminary ideas. I didn’t realize that McQuarrie had also contributed to the screenplay for the very first X-Men movie (he withdrew his name from the credits since the final draft was closer to David Hayter’s vision). Now I don’t want to start any rumours or anything, but with McQuarrie’s connection to Bryan Singer, could this mean that Singer is also returning to direct another X-Men movie after all?