X-Men writer McQuarrie signs on Wolverine sequel

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote a draft of the original X-Men movie, has signed on to write the script for Fox's sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, according to The Hollywood Reporter:

Hugh Jackman is set to return as the Marvel Comics character, a mutant with healing powers and a skeleton laced with the indestructible metal known as adamantium. Jackman is also producing via his Fox-based Seed shingle along with Lauren Shuler Donner.
The movie's story line will take its cue from the early 1980s Chris Claremont/Frank Miller miniseries, which is set in Japan and features Wolverine dealing with ninjas as he struggles [with] whether to follow his animal killer instincts or the life under a samurai's code of honor and respect.

The story line was hinted at in one of the movie's codas after the credits. (The other teased a spinoff based on Deadpool, the character played by Ryan Reynolds.)

Wolverine took in almost $180 million at the domestic box office and $363 million worldwide.

McQuarrie could have received a credit for the first X-Men but voluntarily took his name off the movie when the final version was more in line with David Hayter's script than his, the trade paper reported.