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Wolverine sequel, set in Japan, to start production in January

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A Wolverine movie sequel based on the 1982 miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller reportedly will begin production in January.

The Hollywood Reporter‘s Roger Friedman confirms earlier reports that the follow-up to 2009′s X-Men Origins: Wolverine will be a tale of martial arts and romance set in Japan.

The script is by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie). No director has been signed.

Claremont and Miller’s four-issue series — Wolverine’s first solo comic — is a story of love, honor and revenge, with Logan battling ninjas and the politics of the criminal underworld for the heart of his ex-lover, the daughter of a Japanese crime lord. Just to make life more complicated, as assassin hired to kill Logan ends up falling for him. Star Hugh Jackman has called the miniseries his favorite Wolverine story.

The $150-million X-Men Origins: Wolverine, from 20th Century Fox, grossed $373 million worldwide.

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I wonder if they’ll actually film it in Japan or if they’ll just use Chinatown.

Interesting.

Make sure he’s not driving a Toyota!

I know everyone gives the first movie grief, but divorced from the rest of the X-Men movies, the first Wolverine movie was not that bad. It was like a 1970′s Charles Bronson movie. Made me feel quite nostalgic.

I’m very psyched to hear this news. I think its a perfect setting for a Wolverine movie!

This interest me more then seeing Origins.

I love that this film news was confirmed by the same fellow who got canned last year by Fox (http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2009/04/fox-news-fires-columnist-for-downloading-reviewing-wolverine/) for illegally downloading the last Wolverine film. I imagine he’ll wait for the screening to see this release. ;)

Will this take place before or after the X-Men films? I’d prefer if it was the latter, so they don’t have to jump through continuity hoops again.

@ el santo

it may have been a good movie to someone who doesn’t know much about the comics, but to those who do it was an abomination. i hope they do this one better

“I know everyone gives the first movie grief, but divorced from the rest of the X-Men movies, the first Wolverine movie was not that bad.”

It was not “that bad”… It was worse. Just a terribly movie all the way around. Maybe slightly better than X3, but that’s feint praise. And at least X3 was about something! There was decent story somewhere in that movie, it just had a terrible script and director.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine didn’t even have a good story, other than lifting a few things from some past comics. It was dragged down by so many useless characters tossed inot the mix, AND the parts that tried to connect to the earlier X-Men movies actually did a piss poor job of it. It made no sense.

I only saw the bootleg version online, admittedly, but it saved me $10 from going to see it in the theatre, thankfully.

Now if they’re doing the Miller miniseries, and Jackman knows and loves the story, I’m willing to give it a fair chance and I will happily plunk down the $10 I saved last time to see the new one.

Or, if I want to hedge my bets, I’ll go to a matinee. :-)

Seriously though, adapting the Miller story is the best thing they could’ve done. I wish they’d just made that movie to start and skipped the wholeorigin story.

First Wolverine and X3 were both good films. You guys are just a buncha geeks. First X-men was bad and set the stage for all the future continuity problems. How is First Class going to deal with Iceman being a teenager?

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