Christopher McQuarrie (Valkyrie) has been named by 20th Century Fox to write the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, according to Thursday's Variety.
McQuarrie reportedly worked on the first X-Men movie directed by Bryan Singer but didn't take a credit.
As previously reported, the story McQuarrie was hired to write will be based on Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's story about Wolverine in Japan training to be a samurai.
Fox hasn't set a release date or decided whether Gavin Hood will return as director. Hugh Jackman will return as star and producer.
And speaking of Bryan Singer, Variety also reported Thursday that Universal has tabbed him to direct and produce a Battlestar Galactica big-screen feature.
The studio is indicating the film will be a "complete reimagination" and not a continuation of the SyFy Channel television series and it is not clear whether the series' executive producer Ronald Moore will be involved in the project.
Glen Larson will produce.
Singer reportedly flirted with relaunching the property into a TV series right after he directed X-Men, at the time teamed to executive produce (with Tom DeSanto) and to direct the pilot.
According to Variety the news likely means Singer will not return to the X-Men series by directing Fox's planned X-Men: First Class feature.