McQuarrie takes on ‘Wolverine’

'Usual Suspects' scribe worked on first 'X-Men'

Christopher McQuarrie has been tapped by 20th Century Fox to write the sequel to “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” the film that Hugh Jackman is developing to reprise his role as razor-clawed protag Logan.

The studio hasn’t yet determined timing or whether Gavin Hood will return as director. McQuarrie has a history with “X-Men,” as he worked on the first film with director Bryan Singer but didn’t take a credit.

He pitched his take several days ago for a storyline that is set in Japan and based on the Chris Claremont-Frank Miller comicbook series “The Samurai.” Story centers on Logan’s evolution into a samurai.

Jackman is producing with John Palermo and Lauren Shuler Donner. McQuarrie most recently scripted and produced “Valkyrie.”

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