Rumor: Is Simon Beaufoy Already Writing Wolverine 2?!
There's no way that X-Men Origins: Wolverine won't be a huge hit, so it wouldn't be crazy to see Fox prepping a sequel. However, they're being cautious, and probably won't greenlight anything until they see the actual box office returns. So therefore I'm a bit skeptical about this, but it's worth bringing up as a rumor. SlashFilm got an email from a reader in the UK who said that during a Q&A with Simon Beaufoy at the Bradford International Film Festival, Beaufoy mentioned that he's been hired to write Wolverine 2 and encouraged by his agent to take the job, even though he didn't even know who Wolverine was.
I'm reporting this purely as a rumor worth discussing because I contacted some people at Fox to try and get some kind of confirmation and was told that even the executives haven't talked with any writers. But of course, Hollywood is a mysterious place, and if his agent is encouraging him to take it, maybe he's considering it even though it's not official. Since he won the Oscar for Slumdog, it's likely that he is being pursued for a large number of projects, as is always the case for Oscar winners. He's already got a few other gigs, but if he gets the job, so be it, he might end up being a better choice than David Benioff anyway.
Besides Slumdog Millionaire, Beaufoy wrote the screenplays for The Full Monty, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, and a handful of small British films. He's a good writer and I think he could take on anything if he puts the right amount of passion into it. But I'll argue that the best work on superhero movies come from those who are true fans of the material. Fox should keep looking. What do you think about Beaufoy?