In today’s first round of non-news that might be a little bit of news, Hugh Jackman confirmed for MTV News that he is, in fact, working hard on a story for Wolverine 2, the sequel to this summer’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
The star, who recently signed on to play PT Barnum in The Greatest Showman on Earth, told the former music video network that he’s working on source material from Frank Miller and Chris Claremont, a story arc that takes Wolverine to Japan:
“Japan is where we’re heading, [and] we’re starting to work on it now. We’re in the … first steps of developing that story… I think the fans love that saga. It’s my favorite saga of the Wolverine stories.”
The Japan storyline is one of the coolest in the Wolverine wheelhouse, but I’m not sold yet on the need for a sequel. Fox is already developing a Deadpool spin-off and the long-gestating origin story of Magneto, which should keep the universal X-Men fetish fed for a while. However, Wolverine did bring in $350 million dollars worldwide, so it wouldn’t be a terrible financial decision to dip back into that particular well. The question becomes — will it be any good?
Is a Wolverine sequel set in Japan is something you’d like to see?