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The Wolverine Getting Retooled By Total Recall Screenwriter

by  in Comic News, Movie News Comment

Fox has brought in Total Recall scribe Mark Bomback to rewrite Christopher McQuarrie’s script for The Wolverine, which star Hugh Jackman had praised as “fantastic — the best we’ve ever had.”

Variety‘s brief report doesn’t hint at why, after all of these months, the screenplay requires reworking, but it does throw us a bit of a curve in its take on the plot: “Story will find Wolverine suffering from amnesia and searching for answers about his past in the Japanese criminal underworld where he finds both love and tragedy.”

McQuarrie’s version was inspired by the 1982 Wolverine miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller — Claremont gave the script his seal of approval, calling McQuarrie “brilliant” — which brought Logan to Japan to fight for the heart of his ex-lover Mariko, who had been forced by her crime lord father into an arranged marriage. Wolverine, therefore, had to battle ninjas and the politics of Tokyo’s underworld in an attempt to win the freedom of the love of his life. Unless I’m misremembering the Marvel comic, there was nothing about amnesia or a search for answers about Wolverine’s past.

Of course, the trade paper my have those scant details wrong. It does, however, say that Viper, who appeared in the original miniseries, will be featured in the film as “a newly-expanded character.” Presumably Silver Samurai, whom Jackman recently confirmed he’ll fight in The Wolverine, remains a part of the script.

Although it was reported just two weeks ago that the James Mangold-directed movie would begin shooting in November in Vancouver, the prevailing belief now is that it won’t head into production until spring 2012, giving Jackman time to complete Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables. The Wolverine apparently will film in Japan and Vancouver using predominantly Japanese and Japanese-American actors.

Bomback, who penned the Jackman film Deception, also wrote Live Free or Die Hard, Race to Witch Mountain and Bryan Singer’s upcoming Jack the Giant Killer.