Fox's Wolverine 2 Ready to Start Shooting in January of 2011
by Alex Billington
March 3, 2010
Although we already knew that it would start shooting in early 2011, THR's Showbiz 411 has confirmed that Wolverine 2, or whatever this sequel will be called, will indeed be ready to begin shooting by January of 2011. The new script is ready to go as well, written by Bryan Singer friend Christopher McQuarrie (of The Usual Suspects and Valkyrie). There is no director yet, but THR's Roger Friedman says the script is a bit different than originally thought. It is the Japan-set storyline featuring martial arts and a love story. "It's a beautiful story," a source said, "and will be very different than the first film." Good - that's what we want!
There's a chance this could turn out like X2 and blow the original movie away, which might be easy because no one really liked the first one (at least no one I know). They're definitely headed in the right direction with McQuarrie, as I think he's a great writer and I love his scripts (we interviewed him for Valkyrie). Secondly, they're using the storyline from Frank Miller and Chris Claremont's comic book arc from the 80s, which is great to see. And they're hiring a Japanese actress to play opposite Hugh Jackman. Now all that's left is to find a director who can put the finishing touches on and show us the Wolverine movie we've wanted to see.