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McQuarrie to pen 'Wolverine' sequel

Hugh Jackman set to return in title role

Christopher McQuarrie has signed on to write the script for Fox's sequel to its Wolverine movie.

Hugh Jackman is set to return as the Marvel Comics character, a mutant with healing powers and a skeleton laced with the indestructible metal known as adamantium. Jackman is also producing via his Fox-based Seed shingle along with Lauren Shuler Donner.

The movie's story line will take its cue from the early 1980s Chris Claremont/Frank Miller miniseries, which is set in Japan and features Wolverine dealing with ninjas as he struggles whether to follow his animal killer instincts or the life under a samurai's code of honor and respect.

The story line was hinted at in one of the movie's codas after the credits. (The other teased a spinoff based on Deadpool, the character played by Ryan Reynolds.)

The studio put a sequel in development after the movie, titled "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," carved up almost $180 million at the domestic boxoffice and $363 million worldwide.

McQuarrie is not unfamiliar with the character. The scribe, who won an Oscar for writing "The Usual Suspects" for Bryan Singer, reteamed with the director to write 2000's "X-Men." Though McQuarrie could have received a credit, he voluntarily took his name off the movie when the final version was more in line with David Hayter's script than his.

McQuarrie, repped by CAA and Key Creatives, met with Jackman and sparked to the idea of themes posited by the Japan story line.