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Hugh Jackman On That Wolverine Sequel That’s Probably Happening Whether We Want It To Or Not


I’m on the “don’t want it” side. The Wolverine was OK. Not great, but entertaining, and sometimes that’s enough to justify a sequel. But not when there are characters who haven’t been overexposed by inclusion in six movies (seven, counting Days of Future Past). Is the general movie-going populace clamoring for a movie about Kitty Pryde, Jubilee, Gambit, etc? No. But no one was waiting with bated breath for Logan’s Japanese Adventures, either. It’s time to let it go, Fox.

Hugh Jackman is, needless to say, more enthusiastic about the potential movie than I am.

To recap, The Wolverine director James Mangold is reportedly in negotiations to write a treatment for a new film, but neither he nor Jackman have officially signed on. The X-actor negotiates his X-contracts on a film-by-film basis, and he was careful to point out to Entertainment Weekly that he won’t be signing on the dotted line for a Wolverine sequel unless the story looks good:

“I don’t want to dive into another one until we have a compelling reason to do another one. I love the character, he’s kind of like a best friend to me, and I don’t ever want to take [him] or the fans for granted… I think we’ve got a great opportunity to make something really cool, but it has to be great. That’s what we’re all working toward.”

If that makes it sound like maybe this third Wolverine movie won’t happen, read these quotes as well:

“I was on the phone with Jim Mangold last night. There are some really cool ideas that I’m dying to tell you, but that would be giving away a secret that is not even [fully] formed yet… I do want to do it with Jim and with [producer] Lauren Shuler-Donner because we had such a great experience. I’m really proud of The Wolverine.”

And:

“I kind of am enjoying him more than ever… Being older helps playing Wolverine. He’s 200 or 300 years old — no one really knows — and he’s sort of world-weary. The actual working out gets harder and harder, I’ll admit.”

So “I won’t do it if there’s not a compelling reason, but there is one, I just can’t tell you what it is.” Sigh. Looks like we’re getting this movie, folks.

And I can’t even be that cranky about it after Hugh Jackman calling Wolvie his best friend and saying how much he loves playing him. It’s just so adorable. Hugh’s a ray of sunshine. If scientists could somehow harness the power of positivity put out by him and Tom Hiddleston I’m pretty sure they could power the world for generations to come.

(via: Entertainment Weekly)

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  • http://www.nerdsassemble.co.uk/ milliways

    The Wolverine was actually quite popular outside of the US. Just saying.

  • http://sharqubus.tumblr.com George Trello

    I liked The Wolverine and I’d be okay with another movie as long as Yukio is in it. She was great. I’d be really happy if they trolled us with a movie based on a Wolverine related storyline that he’s not actually the main character of though *cough* Target-X *cough*

  • Rebecca Pahle

    I know it made good money, I just wish that weren’t considered enough of a reason to make a sequel. Why don’t I just wish for world peace while I’m at it, eh? :)

  • http://www.nerdsassemble.co.uk/ milliways

    Hey, if Wolverine has real international pulling power, maybe we should just ask the UN to make Hugh Jackman a peace ambassador ;)

  • Rebecca Pahle

    It might work. No one would want to disappoint him by starting a war. He’s so NICE!

  • http://www.facebook.com/nuuni.nuunani Nuuni Nuunani

    There actually were rumors of a Gambit movie going around earlier this year if I recall XD

    Shadowcat…Not so much. And I don’t think Jubilee has even been hinted at in the films yet.

    I find it amusing though how Wolverines comic book publicty matches his cinematic publicity XD

  • Anonymous

    I believe Jubes was a background student in the first X-Men.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nuuni.nuunani Nuuni Nuunani

    She was? Thats a neat catch ^^

  • http://mysterycycle.deviantart.com Devin Parker

    I’ve been surprised lately to hear so many people saying they thought The Wolverine was “meh”. I really enjoyed it; it was certainly much better than the last Wolverine movie (though that’s not saying much). Definitely want to see more Yukio, though.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    This from the guy who signed on for “Origins” :-P.

  • kat

    She also had a deleted scene in the second film, at the museum; she’s looking at an exhibit that details the evolution of mutation and then holds up her hands as sparks come out.

  • http://pontoonification.blogspot.com/ AverageDrafter

    Sorry, but when you clear 400 million internationally, you are going to get more until the printing press stops. Here’s a hint – its not going to stop. Hell, even Origins made a ton of money – so quality isn’t the limiting factor here.

    Pretty much until Jackman can’t play him any more (and probably past that), they will keep running him out there. And then they will do an “Old Man Logan” movie.

  • http://pontoonification.blogspot.com/ AverageDrafter

    “Whose president of the United States in the future?”

    “Hugh Jackman”

    “Hugh Jackman? The ACTOR?”

    - From the 2027 Back to the Future Refacilitation (the term used when they’ve burned through reboot/remake/reimaginged/etc)

  • http://www.facebook.com/nuuni.nuunani Nuuni Nuunani

    Oooooh~ Thank you very much ^^

  • http://www.facebook.com/nuuni.nuunani Nuuni Nuunani

    Really? Fascinating

  • Elias Algorithm

    Aw, suffering from Wolverine overload? As a comics fan I can’t imagine how that feels.

  • Anonymous

    That’s what happens when actors’ agents have the “idea” for movies. Boring bland vehicles only made to get cash out of desperate geeks who will see anything.

  • kat

    It’s available on Youtube if you search ‘jubilee x-men 2 deleted scene’. The actual scene is maybe thirty seconds long and she doesn’t have any dialogue but it’s still a cool little glimpse at what could have been

  • Anonymous

    Even though I’m a huge fan of hers, I’m glad they cut it because Jubilee’s powers aren’t electrical.

  • Anonymous

    I think he should legally change his surname to Jackalman so he’ll be required to play a secondary Thundercats villain too.

  • chris

    You cant have enough wolverine with Jackman. I also loved Yukio, she so needs to be in another movie with him. and I want Gambit and Rogue too dammit.

  • Jason Atkins

    I’m not sure that another Wolverine movie and “a movie about Kitty Pryde, Jubilee, Gambit, etc” is necessarily a mutually exclusive deal.

    Days of Future Past has Bobby, Kitty, and Piotr in it. Those three characters are popular with fans, but were relatively underexposed in the earlier X-Men franchise. There’s no way those characters can be visited as part of the X-Men First Class part of the timeline… but spinning those characters off and having them join up with Wolverine will let Fox make a movie about characters the fans want to see, while also keeping a lucratively familiar face at the middle of it to cater to less hardcore parts of the audience.

    A version of X-Force led by Wolverine, with Colossus, Shadowcat, Iceman, and Yukio could work, especially if they throw in Cable (whose parents both died in Last Stand) and maybe a second attempt at introducing Gambit. That’ll let Fox bulk out it’s Marvel portfolio (which they seem to be trying to do anyway), while still keeping things distinct from the X-Men First Class side of the franchise.

  • Travis

    “Is the general movie-going populace clamoring for a movie about Kitty Pryde, Jubilee, Gambit, etc? No. But no one was waiting with bated breath for Logan’s Japanese Adventures, either.”

    You’re wrong about both these things.

  • Anonymous

    The forthcoming X-Force movie is a separate thing, though you’re right that Wolverine 3 could potentially have neglected X-characters in supporting roles.

  • http://www.nerdsassemble.co.uk/ milliways

    Brilliant XD

  • http://www.facebook.com/nuuni.nuunani Nuuni Nuunani

    *watches* wow, thats even better than the spiderman cameo! And golly, she would have been a very interesting addition to the series if she had been given a bigger role~!

    Hmm…I wonder if anyone ever tried to form a team of all the teenage girls that Wolverine has taken under his wing…

  • Anonymous

    Hugh better wear a Wolverine costume with a mask this time! If the Superhero Beatdown folks can make it work then Fox has no excuse.

  • Anonymous

    She got a lot of shit for that mohawk, but I loved it!

  • Anonymous

    I think they’re missing out on a major source of income by not having Gambit featured more. I was totally in love with him.
    Then again, the movie Wolverine is more like comics Gambit. I thought comics Wolverine was too over-emotional. DRAMA.

  • Anonymous

    Nope

  • Anonymous

    Where she belongs. No interest in Jubilee…

  • Brittany K

    I don’t completely understand why it has to be the either/or situation it appears to be, where we either get Wolverine or somebody else, although with the numbers the Wolverine pulled he’s obviously going to be the choice. Like, why can’t we have another Wolverine movie AND a movie about someone else, like how the MCU is being handled, where we have three Iron Man movies, but other characters are getting their own movies too. I like the Wolverine movies, yes, that includes Origins, even with the canon clash, but I would like to see someone as well, rather than instead of.

  • opalexian

    Mohawked Storm would be an auto-turnoff for Halle Barry. Win/win!

  • opalexian

    ‘If scientists could somehow harness the power of positivity put out by him and Tom Hiddleston I’m pretty sure they could power the world for generations to come.’ TRUTH

  • Anonymous

    I tend to be pro-mohawk in most situations.

  • Sil Hauser

    I really liked The Wolverine, in fact it’s one of my 4 fave movies of this year, and the end (not the ghost monkey, the ending) really invited some cool follow up with Yukio and possibly even Mariko in it. Heck, lets throw in Tyger Tyger and Madripoor! Lets! So long as we stay away from the emo-darkish-grey shit of the death-monkey, which is not what Logan is about ever, I’m game! Hey, he could meet Becky!Psylocke, who is already asian just because (I didn’t think we saw Becky yet in the movies?) If there were a way to get in Jubes or Kitty or Gambit that’d be nice, as long as they don’t overdo it and stuff it too full just for names, just look at Origins, or rather, no, don’t. Please for the love of all the gods never act like Origins existed because just no. But srsly, Logan has enough stuff to fuel more than one great movie, be it about the Shadowcat storyline or Madripoor or grand adventures with Jubes.. Heck, I’d also love to see a movie about Mohawk-Storm, because she’s great, but she’s very much an X-men character and most of her stories are, too, so the chances, statistically, to get a Storm movie are not as good =(

  • Sil Hauser

    Well, most, or, well, many storyline work mostly bc Logan arrives somewhere, doesn’t get what’s going on, wants to help anyways and then shit happens, people get awesome and everyone together saves the day. Just look at The Wolverine =) I think it’s the best kind of storyline for Logan and I do hope they make use of it, he is quite the wanderer/traveller after all ;-) And gods would I love to see me some Madripoor or just general “foreign” cities with people atually filming there and everything (don’t care if its Kalkutta or Berlin or Moscow or Quebec..) =D

  • Sil Hauser

    verily =)

  • Sil Hauser

    excellent plan! =)

  • Sil Hauser

    similarly to Pacific Rim, btw. And I honestly don’t get how yanks can go watch bloody damn Transformers in droves and then NOT appreciate Pacific Rim, which has all the good parts of that and additionally also such things as coherency and consistency and characters and.. yeah, I just don’t get it =)

  • Sil Hauser

    yup. And I still have remains of naive hope we may actually get some of that, thanks to the good outcome of this year in great movies =) heh, yeah, setting myself up for major disappointment but eh. =)

  • Rebecca Pahle

    No disrespect, but I honestly don’t think I am. Key words: “General movie-going populace,” aka not the people who read the comics, aka the people the studio has to appeal to for most of the millions they hope to pull in. Mr./Ms. General Moviegoer probably doesn’t know who Jubilee IS, never mind wants a movie about her.

    (Not to say those movies shouldn’t still exist. But I think you’re overestimating the comics knowledge of the moviegoing audience as a whole.)

  • Travis

    The “general movie-going populace” never clamors for anything. Their most defining trait is that they don’t know what they want until Hollywood gives it to them.

    Nobody ever said, “I don’t go to a lot of movies, but I really wish James Cameron would make a 3-D version of Dances with Wolves featuring blue aliens.”

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Fair point. “Clamoring for” was a poor phrase on my part. I more meant that studios will make things they’re pretty sure audiences will want to see, ie films similar to ones that made money before (sequels, reboots, whatever). The Wolverine made a fair amount, especially overseas, but it wasn’t like Avatar where it shocked everyone with how many tickets were sold.

    The Wolverine is in the grey zone for me—it made enough that I can see why the studio’s making a sequel, but it didn’t make enough that it’d be stupid for them not to, if that makes sense. Wolverine has had two standalones and appeared in four X-movies. Time to let it go and give someone else a shot.

  • Travis

    Well, Fox only has two options. Make a movie with Wolverine in it, or make an X-Men movie without him.

    They have to do one or the other or they risk losing their rights to the characters, so of the two choices, making a movie with the character that’s been the face of the X-Men for thirty years now is the safer bet.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Please note that I said “general movie-going populace,” not “comic book fans.”

  • opalexian

    When Halle Barry-Storm goes mean it’s like she’s throwing cotton candy at the baddies instead of instilling more fear in them than if Wolvie was about to slice them in 2, as a ‘proper’ Storm would be. Also? Pretty sick of them letting Halle ‘interpret’ a character who is born and raised in Africa, was worshiped as a goddess and taught to be streetwise in Cairo, has blue eyes, and is such a born leader that she led the Morlocks (!!) for a while when she lost her powers into a southern belle-ish ‘I can be tough too!’ flufftart that was so annoyed with Storm having pure white hair while being black (!!) that they salt-and-peppered the wig for Last Stand.

    I wish I could find the source again, but I remember reading that during press junkets for the first film and after she openly stated that she hated comics and comic films. -_-

  • opalexian

    *psst* it’s Betsy, not Becky. :)