With his “X-Men Origins” film a box office success to the tune of over $363 million worldwide, Wolverine will return for a sequel – and he’s heading to Japan.
Screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote “The Usual Suspects” and contributed to the first “X-Men” film, will pen the sequel to this year’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” Variety reported.
The film will follow the mutant hero to Japan in a storyline reportedly based on Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s classic comic book arc in the pages of “Uncanny X-Men” and “Wolverine.”
“I think the fans love that saga,” star Hugh Jackman said earlier this week in an interview with MTV News. “It’s my favorite saga of the Wolverine stories. That’s a movie I’ve longed to make from the beginning, so that’s where we’re heading.”
A trip to the East was hinted at in one of the alternate after-the-credits endings of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” where the mutant appears in a Japanese bar.
And in further geek news, Bryan Singer, who helmed both “X-Men” and “X2” before jumping from Marvel Comics to DC for “Superman Returns,” will try his hand at a big-screen remake of “Battlestar Galactica.”
According to Entertainment Weekly, Bryan will direct and produce a film adaptation of the original 1978 sci-fi series for Universal Pictures, with no ties to the critically acclaimed recent television reboot.
“Battlestar” has long been in the works for the director, who was reportedly weeks away from filming an earlier take on the movie in 2001 before 9/11 led to the project being scrapped.