The Next WOLVERINE Movie Gets A Writer

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The Wolverine_ 2013 movie_bannerLast night it was announced that James Mangold‘s sequel to The Wolverine had been set for a March 3, 2017 release date (click here for that story). The film will begin production shortly after X-Men: Apocalypse and Mangold has already said he has a few ideas about where he would like to take Wolverine next. Well today the film has hired a writer.

According to Deadline, David James Kelly has been hired to script the next installment of Wolverine‘s cinematic adventures. Mangold will of course be back to direct, and Hugh Jackman is all but officially signed on to return. The actor said as long as the story is good he’ll come back, and he hasn’t turned down a script for the X-Men universe films yet. Kelly is becoming a highly sought after name in the comic book movie realm. He was once attached to the Daredevil reboot, but the writer is currently set to adapt Dark Horse‘s Mind Mgmt for Scott Free Productions in addition to his Wolverine work.

With a writer hired, a release date set, and production tentatively set to begin in a few years, it seems things are shaping up really well for The Wolverine follow-up. Jackman has been hinting more and more recently that he may be nearing the end of his run with the character, so this could well be his finale. We’ll have to wait and see about that, but we’ve got at least one more Jackman/Wolverine outing to look forward to in the future. What do you think about the news?

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