According to Showbiz411 writer Christopher McQuarrie (Valkyrie, The Usual Suspects) has finished work on the script for Wolverine 2, and filming may begin in January.
No director has been signed. And the script is a little different than originally thought.
Based on a story cycle by Frank Miller and Chris Claremont, Wolverine’s adventures in martial arts will be a love story featuring a Japanese actress, I am told. “It’s a beautiful story,” says a source, “and will be very different than the first film.”
This news means that we should expect a director to be hired in the upcoming months. I don’t think Fox will want Gavin Hood to return following the negative reviews (even thought it wasn’t all his fault). As the film will be set in Japan they may be looking for a director who has experience with that type of setting. Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai) would be a good choice.
X-Men: Origins: Wolverine began filming in January 2008 for a May 2009 release, so it looks like 20th Century Fox may be trying to make the Wolverine sequel the first summer blockbuster out of the block again. It worked last year as the film made $370 million worldwide despite strong competition from Star Trek, a bootleg all over the internet, and negative buzz. At the moment The Avengers is the only big May 2012 release, and Fox would be wise to avoid competing with it. Wolverine can’t take on Thor, Captain America, The Hulk and Iron Man at the same time.