Valkyrie's Christopher McQuarrie Writing the Wolverine Sequel

August 13, 2009

Christopher McQuarrie

And everyone thought this sequel was going to suck! THR has announced that Oscar winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie, of The Usual Suspects, The Way of the Gun, and Valkyrie most recently, has been hired by Fox to write the next Wolverine movie. Hugh Jackman is set to return and will also produce along with Lauren Shuler Donner. The movie's story line will take its cue from the early 1980s Frank Miller / Chris Claremont mini-series, which is set in Japan and has Wolverine dealing with ninjas as he struggles whether to follow his animal killer instincts or a new life under a samurai's code of honor and respect.

This is the first good sign that the Wolverine sequel might indeed be a huge improvement over this year's movie. McQuarrie is a very talented screenwriter who has mentored a lot of young writers in Hollywood. I interviewed him last year for Valkyrie and it was easy to tell from our conversations that he really is a brilliant guy. But then again, Gavin Hood, who directed X-Men Origins: Wolverine, was an Oscar winner as well. But I'll argue that starting with McQuarrie is a great first step in the right direction. Plus, he's miles better than David Benioff, who co-wrote Origins. Now they just need a great director and we'll be all set!

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get singer back that is the only logical move

nelson on Aug 13, 2009


you can expect Bryan Singer returning.

sedna on Aug 13, 2009


^ I was going to say they same, but then I remembered that Bryan Singer is off directing a Battlestar Galactica movie instead, so uh, that's not going to happen...

Alex Billington on Aug 13, 2009


BRYAN!!!!! Listen to our prays and direct Wolverine 2!!!! We beg you!! Anyway, the announcement of the writer is good news for me at this stage...

:P on Aug 13, 2009


Are there other mutants involved in the Miller storyline in Japan? Just wondering if it's gonna just be Wolverine fighting ninjas or if they're gonna overcrowd it with other mutants like origins was.

peloquin on Aug 13, 2009


Ugh. Japan? Not exactly where I'd like it to be set, but whatever...

Movie Fan on Aug 13, 2009


Wolverine in Japan ... Godzilla is in Japan ... Wolverine Sequel and a Godzilla reboot. ... That's it; Godzilla Vs. Wolverine!

Hattori Hanzo on Aug 13, 2009



Xerxex on Aug 13, 2009


Good choice. I'm sure the flick will be good. Singer as director would be a logical choice, but who knows, he might still do it and shove the "Galactica" flick further down his slate. This seems to be the ongoing trend among directors in Hollywood as of late!

Spider on Aug 13, 2009


The quality level of this movie just went up ten-fold. McQuarrie is no joke.

Tom N. on Aug 13, 2009


Don't. Screw. This. Up.

germs on Aug 13, 2009


so far so good

alan on Aug 13, 2009


Well that's the best news I've heard all week. Way of the Gun is underrated and McQuarrie even more so. Here's to another gem in his crown:P Hope it doesn't get butchered. I'll be looking forward to this...

Marc on Aug 13, 2009


Do Fallout the movie

james on Aug 13, 2009


Sounds good.

Ajax on Aug 13, 2009


Agreed, you may live. Now, who shall we have directing this opus?

David Banner on Aug 13, 2009


Valkyrie was incredibly awful, and The Usual Suspects was Kevin Spacey's movie, so I'm not sure why this is exciting.

KMils on Aug 13, 2009


Great news. Chris is a masterful writer so this should be great!

Andreas Climent on Aug 14, 2009


Wolverine was a peace of crap. Does it really need a sequel???

Drived on Aug 14, 2009


Let it die Fox, we far ago reached the land of diminishing return here. Move on

Matt on Aug 14, 2009


Good move to get him to do the script.

Cat on Aug 14, 2009


This means ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. "And everyone thought this sequel was going to suck!"....AND THEY SHOULD. They should be prepared for an insane amount of suckage. Aces have been thrown down on the comic-movie playing table before and have lost their hand at the game. This is no sure-fire success, c'mon. People shouldn't even indulge the notion of a sequel for this.....

Voice of Reason on Aug 14, 2009


We didn't think, as in past tense, we still do. Well I still do. The first sucked, all three of the Xmen sucked, though 2 was the best of the worse, and this will suck. Depressing but it is so.

Tra la la la la di da on Aug 14, 2009


another miserable failure.

smacky63 on Aug 14, 2009

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