The sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine may not suck after all. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Christopher McQuarrie, the Oscar-winning screenwriter behind Bryan Singer’s The Usual Suspects, has signed on to write the next Wolverine flick. Hugh Jackman will return as the titular clawed Canuck in a story that will likely borrow heavily from Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s 1982 Wolverine miniseries, which follows the popular mutant’s violent exploits in Japan. This is good news.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that McQuarrie is already familiar with this universe, as he was an uncredited writer on Singer’s original X-Men, released in 2000. This is also good news.
X-Men is a film series that deserves redeeming, so let’s hope that 20th Century Fox realizes what a massive cinematic misfire the first Wolverine was and moves the franchise in a completely different direction. But, then again, that movie earned $363 million worldwide despite poor critical reception, fan backlash and the fact that it leaked online a month before its release.
Damn. Maybe not.