“X-Men Origins: Wolverine” producer Lauren Shuler Donner tells Empire that “The Usual Suspects” scribe Christopher McQuarrie has come onboard the X-Men spin-off’s upcoming sequel.
“We’re very fortunate to have a story mostly outlined for us and we wanted an A+ writer, so we want to Chris McQuarrie. He came in and has tightened the story and got really immersed in the whole thing – he’s in Japan in his head” says Donner.
Story-wise she’s referring to the 1982 four-issue comic book mini-series co-written by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller which is set in Japan and deals with Logan’s relationship with Mariko Yashida, the daughter of a crime lord.
Donner says for authenticity sake “it’s very likely we’ll be shooting in Japan” and while the characters will likely “speak English rather than Japanese with subtitles”, they hope to be very accurate in their portrayal of Japanese culture. The three other X-Men spin-off features (Deadpool, Magneto, First Class) seem a while off as this project is “the furthest along of all the X-Men projects on the boil”.
McQuarrie himself came onboard and re-wrote much of the script for the first “X-Men” film in 2000.