Did anyone like X-Men Origins: Wolverine? I ask not because I'm being a cynical jerk who hates everything, but because I'm genuinely curious. I've yet to meet anyone who enjoyed that offensively soulless, corporate exercise of a motion picture. I hate a lot of things, but I'll take the migraine-inducing, socially irresponsible auteurism on display in something like Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen over the creatively bankrupt further adventures of a character who wore out his welcome about two thirds of the way through X-Men: The Last Stand.
Despite one the biggest second week box office drops ever, X-Men Origins: Wolverine made enough dough to warrant another outing with Hugh Jackman's hairy and anti-social mutant. The Hollywood Reporter's Showbiz 411 Blog is reporting that the script is finished and filming will commence in January of next year.
January 2011 is a long way off. A good thing, especially since outside of the script and Jackman, no one is attached. No director, no supporting cast, no caterers. I imagine we'll be hearing more in the coming weeks.
As has been reported, the sequel will take place in Japan and Wolverine will learn the way of the samurai. Considering that he'll be bumming around in a Winnebago in a few years (as seen in the first X-Men), I don't see why I should care about what happens to him. That's the problem with prequels- (Insert oft-repeated and obnoxious argument about why prequels are useless) -and Jackman is too talented and charismatic to stick around with this all-but-disintegrated franchise.
But you know what? I'm going to hold out hope. Here's a choice quote:
"...Wolverine's adventures in martial arts will be a love story featuring a Japanese actress, I am told. "It's a beautiful story," says a source, "and will be very different than the first film."
Very different, eh? Perhaps a polite way of saying "We're sorry, we'll do it right this time"? Even more encouraging is that the script is by Christopher McQuarrie, the scribe behind The Usual Suspects, The Way of the Gun and Valkyrie. McQuarrie is a smart guy and good writer who doesn't let himself get pushed around by studios. Don't believe me? Check out his epic interview on the Creative Screenwriting podcast. I can't imagine McQuarrie jumping onto a sinking ship.