Hugh Jackman and his Seed Productions partner John Palermo have begun planning the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which topped the domestic box office over the weekend, Variety reported. They are squarely focusing on the samurai storyline originated in the comic series, whose Japanese locale was teased after the film's final credits. A writer has yet to be hired.
Additionally, Jackman, who won a Tony for The Boy From Oz, hopes to return to the Broadway stage in early 2010 in the title role in Houdini, with Jack O'Brien (Hairspray) directing, Danny Elfman writing the music and David Yazbek (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) writing lyrics. The book was first written by Kurt Andersen, but the producers are aiming for a rewrite. Jackman and Palermo will produce with Scott Sanders and David Rockwell.