Shortly after X-Men Origins: Wolverine's release, a sequel was green-lit. The film will likely be set in Japan, as hinted in its predecessor. At the 2009 Teen Choice Awards, Jackman stated that the sequel will take place in Japan.
In August 2009 Christopher McQuarrie was hired to write the script. McQuarrie was a writer on the first X-Men film, but voluntarily took his name off the movie when the final version was more in line with David Hayter’s script than his.