Wolverine To Do Battle With Samurai In Sequel05 May 2009
Wolverine To Do Battle With Samurai In Sequel
The comic-book prequel slashed its competition at the US box office and despite a mixed critical response, Hugh Jackman will reprise his role as the adamantium-clawed mutant in a sequel set in Japan.
Seed Productions will oversee production of a sequel based on the popular samurai and Yakuza storyline seen in the original Marvel comic books, an arc Jackman recently confirmed he was keen to explore.
"I won't lie to you, I have been talking to writers," he told MTV before the release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
"I'm a big fan of the Japanese saga in the comic book. I love the idea of this anarchic character - the outsider - being in this world," he added.
"I can see it aesthetically, too, full of honour and tradition and customs, and someone who's really anti all of that, trying to negotiate his way."
The Japanese storyline - hinted at in the closing credits of X-Men Origins: Wolverine - sees the mutant training in the way of the samurai in a bid to control his primal urges and falling in love with Mariko Yashida, heir to a Yakuza family.
The announcement of Fox's plans for a Wolverine sequel came as Jackman also considered working with the studio on Personal Security, a tale of a New York detective forced into a bodyguard detail for a spoiled teenage heiress who has faced kidnapping threats.
Seed Productions also have Jackman lined up for automotive thriller Drive, in which he plays a racing driver who spends his nights as a getaway man, while Fox 2000 have now put priority status on a revamped big screen version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical Carousel.
Having duetted with Anne Hathaway in his opening number at the 2009 Oscars, Jackman is said to be hopeful of securing the actress' signature to play Julie Jordan opposite his Billy Bigelow in Carousel.
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