“Wolverine” sequel set in Japan, farmed out to writing duo

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: It is sounding more and more like Hugh Jackman dropped out of “Avon Man,” as was previously reported, to prep for a second “Wolverine” installment.

We all know Jackman can’t pump up his physique to play the steely X-Men overnight. That kind of training takes time. So when the actor passed on the opportunity to sell makeup in “Avon,” folks speculated that it was because a “Wolverine” sequel was about to get underway.

And now we learn that screenwriters David Slade and Robert Schwentke – both directors in their own right – are being hired to bring Logan’s famous Japanese adventure (made famous in the original Marvel comics) to the screen, according to Vulture.

This storyline was hinted at in the final scenes of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” In a story conceived by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, Wolverine fights for the heart of a Japanese woman. This does seem to be the direction the “Wolverine” film franchise is heading, as Jackman told anyone who would listen while promoting the first film that he’d like to try the Japan story if they were allowed to do a second film.

Sounds like they are allowed.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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