Wolverine sequel, set in Japan, to start production in January

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<i>Wolverine</i> sequel, set in Japan, to start production in January

A Wolverine movie sequel based on the 1982 miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller reportedly will begin production in January.

The Hollywood Reporter‘s Roger Friedman confirms earlier reports that the follow-up to 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine will be a tale of martial arts and romance set in Japan.

The script is by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie). No director has been signed.

Claremont and Miller’s four-issue series — Wolverine’s first solo comic — is a story of love, honor and revenge, with Logan battling ninjas and the politics of the criminal underworld for the heart of his ex-lover, the daughter of a Japanese crime lord. Just to make life more complicated, as assassin hired to kill Logan ends up falling for him. Star Hugh Jackman has called the miniseries his favorite Wolverine story.

The $150-million X-Men Origins: Wolverine, from 20th Century Fox, grossed $373 million worldwide.