20th Century Fox has hired “Troy” screenwriter David Benioff to write Wolverine, a spinoff focusing on the character from the studio’s “X-Men” films and Marvel comics. Variety reports that Benioff will write with the expectation that a deal will be made for Hugh Jackman to reprise his role as the superhero.
The trade adds that the film will likely be produced by the “X-Men” duo of Lauren Shuler Donner and Marvel Studios’ Avi Arad, though those talks haven’t been completed.
Benioff seems an unusual choice for the project, but he is a fan of the comic book. Fox will press forward with Wolverine development while simultaneously preparing its third installment of “X-Men,” which will be written by Simon Kinberg.