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Bomback Rewrites WOLVERINE 2

Mark Bomback brought in to rewrite The Wolverine.

By Jarrod Sarafin     September 01, 2011
Source: Variety

Hugh Jackman As Wolverine
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Just two weeks after the Vancouver Sun revealed that The Wolverine would launch production in their city sometime between this winter and next March, Variety reports that Mark Bomback has been brought in for some rewrites of the fast-tracking sequel to the Marvel superhero.

Mark would be touching upon the original screenplay from Christopher McQuarrie, a nice twist for the writer since McQuarrie was brought in over at New Line to rewrite Bomback's treatment of Jack the Giant Killer. Some other writing credits for Mark Bomback include the upcoming Total Recall, Unstoppable, Race to Witch Mountain and Live Free or Die Hard.

With lead star Hugh Jackman producing alongside John Palermo and Lauren Shuler Donner, shooting is scheduled to begin in Toyko and Vancouver early next year once the actor finishes shooting Tom Hooper's Les Miserables for Universal.

Jackman will be reprising the popular character once again under the directing guidance of James Mangold---a reunion after they teamed up for Kate and Leopold---for the sequel which centers in Japan. The story has the Wolverine suffering from amnesia and searching for answers about his past in the Japanese criminal underworld, finding both love and tragedy. The trade also reveals that the entire cast will be comprised of Japanese and Japanese-American actors except for Jackman and the actor, not yet set, who'll play a newly expanded character named Viper, the Caucasian secretary for Japan's Minister of Justice.


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Munkey421e 9/2/2011 2:56:54 AM

Didnt realize Madame Hydra was gonna be in this one.  although it makes sense. I suppose Silver Samurai will be her bodyguard then?

Mossy1221 9/2/2011 3:52:38 AM

Dare I say...... Could it get much worse than the first one?   

mikemc2 9/2/2011 4:25:29 AM

Could it be??  Hollywood is actually getting over it's subtle recism and ACTUALLY casting Japanese people to play Japanese (as opposed to White people in bad makeup, Chinese actors, Korean actors..pretty every flavour of Asian but Japanese).

As long as they don't muddy up the cast of characters with a ton of mutants that don't belong there and keep it story driven and NOT special-FX driven this maybe a decent rental (I have been burned too much on this franchise already to ever goto the theater for it).

xJokersxWildx 9/2/2011 5:14:30 AM

The 1st one was good accept for the awful "deadpool" debacle.

Wiseguy 9/2/2011 6:39:01 AM

Why the touch up, wasn't everyone up and down boasting of how great a scipt it was.

Still looking forward to this though even as I tire more and more of Jackman as Wolverine.

monkeyfoot 9/2/2011 6:47:21 AM

Yeah, what Mikemc2 said! Thius Wolverine movie needs to be tough gritty and story and character oriented. I'm not too versed in director Mangold's style but I hope it is the type that will fit this one and not just a generic pedestrian/play it safe/paint by the numbers treatment the last one was.

On another note, I absolutely love the musical version of Les Miserables and I think Jackman is perfect for it.

AtomykRayj 9/2/2011 7:16:26 AM

Please no CG claws this time. Only when coming out or going in.

isgrimner 9/2/2011 7:36:34 AM

All the current news on this project is a downer, which sucks because Wolverine is the coolest of all the "super heros" in my mind.

ElBaz13 9/2/2011 8:25:56 AM

I smell a stinker here. Went from a cool Japanese Aronofsky movie to now this.

I don't like it. I honestly get the feeling this will be tied to Wolverine Origins more and will be a "hey, let's put another mutant we haven't seen in the movies yet" casting announcement every week.

So they are going to fill holes with the random mutant. Polaris, Random, Maggot and Dazzler.

Beardeer 9/2/2011 9:34:56 AM

I suspect the script is being re-written to match the production schedule and budget in Vancouver. I see lots of good news here. There is no shortage of actually ethnic Japanese actors in the province of Mount Logan. I recall that one of the biggest problems Wolverine 1 had was that the production schedule and budget were far ahead of the script -they are avoiding that mistake by re-working the script once again for the new director. Good for business and good for the art. I doubt Aronofsky was up for this challenge any more than Ang Lee was right for the Hulk. The Director should not be the star of a Superhero movie -that's meant for the headliner-lead who plays the hero. Consider the fall of Troy, Do you remermber Achilles and Agamenon, or that it was written in Homeric Greek? Hector had been chased around the walls of Troy for 2 thousand years and counting. 

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