Mark Bomback will retool script for Fox superhero sequel
Mark Bomback, the scribe who wrote Bryan Singer’s “Jack the Giant Killer” and Len Wiseman’s “Total Recall” remake, is adding one more tentpole to his resume: He’s been brought on to rewrite Christopher McQuarrie’s script for 20th Century Fox’s superhero sequel “The Wolverine.”Hugh Jackman is set to reprise his role as the heroic mutant in the action pic that reteams the Aussie actor with his “Kate and Leopold” helmer James Mangold. Story finds Wolverine suffering from amnesia and searching for answers about his past in the Japanese criminal underworld, finding both love and tragedy. 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. Jackman is producing with John Palermo and Lauren Shuler Donner. Production, which will take place in Tokyo and Vancouver, is expected to start next year after Jackman wraps Tom Hooper’s “Les Miserables” for Universal. Bomback is one of Fox’s go-to scribes, having previously written “Live Free or Die Hard” and “Unstoppable” for the studio. He also scripted the Jackman starrer “Deception” and has the action-thriller “Protection” in development at Fox-based banner Davis Entertainment. Bomback is repped by WME and Anonymous Content.