Hugh Jackman revealed to MTV at the weekend that planning for the follow-up to X-Men Origins: Wolverine is well underway.

It may have received a less-than-warm critical greeting and provoked a mixed fan reaction, but it still more than reached it audience, with estimated box office north of $350m worldwide. Jackman was coming offstage at the Teen Choice awards where it actually won Best Film when he spoke to the music channel.

To nobody’s surprise, he confirmed his intentions to have the next film set largely in Japan. The plan, as hinted before, is to base the story around the acclaimed four-issue mini-series from 1982, co-written by Frank Miller and Chris Claremont. A sort of ‘year one’ origin story (a bit of a Miller trademark), it sees Logan heading East to learn philosophy and fighting.

Miller wasn’t quite the name he is today at that pre-Dark-Knight-Returns point in the 80s, but he was becoming hot stuff due to his awesome run on Daredevil (if all you know of Daredevil is the film, go and find Miller’s Marvel work, now!)

“That’s a movie I’ve longed to make from the beginning,” says Huge. “I think the fans love that saga, and it’s my favourite… so that’s where we’re heading.” As long as it remembers that it’s a film about Wolverine, and not a bunch of random other mutants, that should be exactly the right direction.

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