THE WOLVERINE Sequel Finds A Writer

Following last night's confirmation of a release date for James Mangold's The Wolverine, 20th Century Fox have now chosen a writer to pen the screenplay. Who is it? Well, he's got some experience in the world of comic book movies, and you'll find all the details after the jump...

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By Josh Wilding - 3/21/2014



According to Deadline, 20th Century Fox have chosen David James Kelly (a writer responsible for writing and directing short movies like Stay Still and The Recruit) to pen the script of the next instalment of The Wolverine franchise. Hugh Jackman is set to return as the titular mutant, while James Mangold will also be back in the director's chair. Kelly has also been set to adapt Dark Horse graphic Novel Mind Mgmt for Scott Free Productions. Kelly was also at one point attached to write Daredevil when the rights were still at Fox. The currently untitled Woverine sequel is set to be released on March 3rd, 2017. 

Source: Deadline
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DrDoom - 3/21/2014, 5:54 PM
It'll probz be mediocre like the last one
IAmNotGroot - 3/21/2014, 5:59 PM
Sixth!!!!!!! Suck it. isk who this guy is
IAmNotGroot - 3/21/2014, 5:59 PM
idk**
Enphlieuwince - 3/21/2014, 6:01 PM
Okay, sure...
ALegendaryPanda - 3/21/2014, 6:01 PM
Can't wait! Until 2017 :(
thewonderer - 3/21/2014, 6:01 PM
@DrDoom

The Wolverine was far stronger than any recent Marvel Studios solo outing, so I guess those films were even worse than mediocre.
TheWolfman - 3/21/2014, 6:02 PM
Too bad we can't get a collaboration script/screenplay with this writer and Darren Aronofsky as Mangold returns to direct... It'd be nice to have Aronofsky back in some capacity.
NebulaFields - 3/21/2014, 6:04 PM
Yeah, The Wolverine was better then Iron Man 3 or Thor 2. Yeah i said it lol.
marvel72 - 3/21/2014, 6:05 PM
i only rate x-men 2 & the wolverine as being any good,by the sound of this we're back to x-men origins wolverine territory.
Jhuntdaprodigy - 3/21/2014, 6:07 PM
The Wolverine was an interesting character study for Logan, it was cool to see how he dealt with having his healing factor stripped from him, but there really wasn't much tension from it because even though he was vulnerable, we all knew he wasn't going to die, the villains in the film weren't all that memorable and the third act was kind of disappointing and predictable. It a decent movie, far far better than X-Men Origins, but it wasn't amazing either. I'll definitely check the sequel out, but it's not something I'm overly excited for. I'm still psyched about this X-Force movie that will hopefully have a proper portrayl of Deadpool.
AgentEX - 3/21/2014, 6:07 PM
As long as Jackman and Mangold are back...I'm in. The Wolverine was a fantastic character piece.
AgentEX - 3/21/2014, 6:08 PM
Also, hoping they head to Russia for this one. That'd be a good idea.
WeaponX93 - 3/21/2014, 6:08 PM
Can't wait
DrDoom - 3/21/2014, 6:12 PM
@Wondy

Nah, they were better. You can continue to think otherwise if you want. NBD
davidzuck - 3/21/2014, 6:12 PM
Lol, why? They need to stop
DurtyTalynt - 3/21/2014, 6:15 PM
Some of you are saying that The Wolverine was a character piece and has TOP notch fight choreograhpy..........as compared to what? Please explain what you learned about Wolverine and which choreography are you talking about
sKeemAn - 3/21/2014, 6:19 PM
I liked the Wolverine. It was a character focus story in the life of James Logan. The third act did fall but overall, Fox has destroyed the character until this movie. Its a step forward IMO.
GuardianDevil - 3/21/2014, 6:20 PM
Wolverine the first one was an EXCELLENT character piece...with a great story and fantastic action. Villains were underwhelming to say the least, but the Extended Unleashed Cut is the best CBM of the year. The only Fox film good enough to creep it's way into my top 5 CBMs.
DurtyTalynt - 3/21/2014, 6:21 PM
As for the writer. Im sure they got him for cheap like all the other members of their production teams on these films. Why do think the more known directors pass on these xfilms. Because Fox wont pay a high profile director and no writer thats established will take on a project thats not gonna allow them to make the story they want to tell about a character like Wolverine. The Wolverine Trilogy , rated PG-13 for extreme Hugh Jackman nudity and nothing else.
sKeemAn - 3/21/2014, 6:21 PM
^^The Omega Red, Russia story is the most logical story for a movie. Maybe we will get a proper Maverick for the movie.
GuardianDevil - 3/21/2014, 6:23 PM
@skeeman
Agreed. Wolverine was good in X1 and great in X3, and thought he had cool fight scenes his character sucked in X3 and Origins. This movie got the real Wolverine back into action and better than he's ever been before.

Even so I don't see the film appealing to anyone whose not at least a mild fan of the character.
marvel72 - 3/21/2014, 6:23 PM
i want marvel studios & fox to loan characters to each other.

marvel studios silver surfer & galactus

fox the hulk

wolverine 3: wolverine vs the hulk
GuardianDevil - 3/21/2014, 6:24 PM
Lol meant to say X2 the first time....
GuardianDevil - 3/21/2014, 6:25 PM
@marvel72
I genuinely wish that would happen. I would actually prefer for F4, Surfer and Galactus to be at MS. Hulk at fox would be great as MS has no solo plans for him. But I doubt it'd happen either way due to continuity as well as business.
AlphaMasterFlex - 3/21/2014, 6:26 PM
I thought Mangold said that he wanted to write the script himself this time and have more control? Anyways the wolverine was Hugh by far at his best as the character but the movie really wasn't good just meh. I'm not a fox-men but whatever I'm still waiting for Deadpool or X-Force which look like they will arrive around never. ):
SuperCat - 3/21/2014, 6:26 PM
Hope we see his classic costume in the next one.
DurtyTalynt - 3/21/2014, 6:26 PM
Omega I agree accept for the action part. I still feel the action is some of the worst this past two decades. Very lazy and very uncreative. Screenplays for these films are horrible.
and in my opinion people are just saying they like it because its supposedly better to them than Origins. Which really isnt hard to do. However both films are a different version of bad filmmaking.
Inhuman - 3/21/2014, 6:32 PM
GIVE US OMEGA RED FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!!!!
SimonM7 - 3/21/2014, 6:32 PM
I think The Wolverine probably sparkled too little for the typical CBM crowd, but it was an excellent character piece that was only partially betrayed by a "crowd pleasing" CG nonsense ending. It did little to diminish the overall arc, however, and the *real* movie had its own payoff, albeit somewhat buried under CG nonsense.

Hopefully they learned from that mistake. Keep keeping other mutants mostly at bay and achieve a similarly distinct tone, and I have outmost faith in a sequel. Mangold's direction was top notch, Jackman gave it his usual 160% and prolly 10% extra on top, and turning a Wolverine story into a noir is a no-brainer in retrospect. Save the mutant/superhero antics for the team movies and keep this a supposedly "boring" but fascinating and subtly affecting experience.
DurtyTalynt - 3/21/2014, 6:34 PM
Omega

That scenes just dont show wolverines fighting ablities as a character. It still looks like anyone can be wolverine in these films. Most of the time it looks like he runs out gas. Swinging wildly with no finesse. He doesnt have the fighting prowness either. Hell more than half the time he really doesnt want to fight. Thats not the wolverine we all know.
DurtyTalynt - 3/21/2014, 6:38 PM
@simon

"Hopefully they learned from that mistake"

Which is said before every new X film that comes out.
wookiefit76 - 3/21/2014, 6:40 PM
The problem some will make is that because The Wolverine was better than Wolverine: Origins, that that means it was great. It still was only okay at best. That deosn't mean it should have a sequel.
SimonM7 - 3/21/2014, 6:50 PM
@DurtyTalynt

Not by me it isn't. I think X1 and 2 are good, X3 is all over the place and disjointed with some good bits in it. Xmen Origins: Wolverine is a below average Jason Statham move with an actor that is a billion times too good for that material, and First Class is a somewhat inelegant, but wholly satisfying movie.

I think The Wolverine stumbles in the last act in providing a shiny CG robot to spice up the trailers for people who go to superhero movies for superhero antics. I think the lesson they need to learn is that it doesn't need a shiny CG robot - it's perfectly capable of standing on its own character-centric noir legs.

It'll piss people off that are just yelling COSTUME OR GTFO at the top of their lungs, to be sure, but the only thing the next one needs to do to be a perfect thing in spite of their increasingly inane protests is commit to the movie it set out to be at the start. It's a very simple lesson to learn, really, and I think shiny CG robots have more to do with the studio's cold feet than the people intimately involved in making the movie.
arsonjack - 3/21/2014, 6:51 PM
The best movie of 2013, better than iron man and thor
pointman - 3/21/2014, 6:53 PM
Exactly Durty
JamesMan - 3/21/2014, 6:55 PM
Considering The Wolverine beat out First Class as my favorite X-Men film and made it into my Top 5, I am all up for this. The Wolverine was a great character piece and a nice change of pace from the big action spectacles that we're so used to in CBM's.
GURILLAPUD - 3/21/2014, 6:56 PM
The Wolverine was better than TDKR, that movie was shit.
JamesMan - 3/21/2014, 7:00 PM
I need to ask this because I am genuinely curious. Why do the X-Men need costumes? Honestly. Every hero has a deep rooted purpose for wearing a costume or having a suit due to ideologies, past traumas, or just to live. So why do the X-Men wear costumes? When they're characters who need to be proud that they are who they are, why do they wear costumes to hide who they are? From what I've read from X-Men comics I can't find a single purpose outside of Stan Lee more than likely wanting them to wear suits so they can resemble superheroes.

MightyZeus - 3/21/2014, 7:01 PM
My girlfriend and her two brothers are writing The Wolverine sequel.

I enjoyed The Wolverine. So i'm looking forward too the sequel. I just hope that they include a strong villain.
JamesMan - 3/21/2014, 7:01 PM
@Sid

[frick] yeah I did. Played that campaign about 5 times A. Because it's great and B. Because, for me at least, it's pretty short.
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