Valkyrie's Christopher McQuarrie Writing the Wolverine Sequel
by Alex Billington
August 13, 2009
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!
Reader Feedback - 24 Comments
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
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
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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