AceShowbiz - A sequel to "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" is in development. Following a successful run of the "X-Men" spin-off at the box office over the weekend, Variety claimed that both 20th Century Fox and Seed Productions partners, Hugh Jackman and John Palermo, have begun planning the follow-up movie.
"Wolverine 2" is expected to focus its story on the samurai storyline originated in the comic series. One of the film's after-credits easter egg endings has hinted on the possible plot, presenting Logan drinking in a Japanese bar. So far, no writer has been hired to pen the sequel, but "Slumdog Millionaire" scribe Simon Beaufoy had mentioned during an appearance at 2009 Bradford International Film Festival, which ran from March 13 to 28, that he had been approached.
"X-Men Origins: Wolverine" itself was opened in the U.S. on May 1. A prequel to the "X-Men" trilogy, it chronicles the violent and romantic early life of the titular character, including his participation on the Weapon X program and his complex relationship with Victor Creed. It has pulled in as much as $85.1 million from its North American market and dug up $158.2 million worldwide.
On another "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" news, Variety broke down that FX Network has acquired TV rights to the movie starring Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Ryan Reynolds and Danny Huston. The latest in a series of big movie deals at the network, the deal reportedly could be worth $80 million or more, depending on "Wolverine" overall sales.