Christopher McQuarrie’s script for The Wolverine has been getting a lot of praise from those who’ve read it, but with James Mangold (Girl, Interrupted, Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma) coming on-board to direct he would obviously want to make a few changes, and according to Variety 20th Century Fox have hired Mark Bomback to “retool” the script.
Bomback wrote Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Killer (which funnily enough got rewrites from Christopher McQuarrie), and he is responsible for the upcoming Total Recall remake with Colin Farrell.
Variety also offer some new details on the story and characters:
Story will find Wolverine suffering from amnesia and searching for answers about his past in the Japanese criminal underworld where he finds both love and tragedy.
The entire cast will be comprised of Japanese and Japanese-American actors except for a newly-expanded character named Viper, who’s the Caucasian secretary for Japan’s Minister of Justice.
Some Googling reveals that Viper, also known as Madame Hydra, blackmailed Wolverine into marrying her at one point in the comics. I doubt they will be happening on the movie, but Marvel states that she “employed the Silver Samurai to be her personal bodyguard”. Hugh Jackman previously confirmed that the Silver Samurai would be a villain in the film, so there may be some connection there.
Filming, which will take place in Tokyo and Vancouver, is expected to start next year after Jackman wraps Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables for Universal.