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Hugh Jackman comments on the current state of The Wolverine

03.29.2011

Fans of Marvel's famous clawed mutant hoped the character would finally get some respectable treatment in a solo film, but those hopes were recently devastated when director Darren Aronofsky departed THE WOLVERINE.

On top of that, the new Wolvie tale is set almost entirely in Japan, following the popular Logan versus ninja clan comic story from the 80s. But that setting is experiencing its own heartbreaking human tragedy at the moment.

Star/producer Hugh Jackman is keeping his chiseled chin high and forging ahead. "We need to find another director and once we've found that, we'll be able to know," he tells Coming Soon. "It's too early to call on Japan, I'm not sure where they're at, so now we're finding another director, but Fox is very anxious to make the movie and we're moving ahead full steam to find another director."

Jackman had been really bulking up to play the adamantium-laced anti-hero to Aronofsky's instructions -- powerful and stocky like his comic depiction. With luck, the studio will find an appropriate replacement director and production plan soon, since the actor is probably getting tired of swallowing 6,000 calories a day for the role.

Jackman also still wants to partner with his THE FOUNTAIN director again in the future: "This one didn't work out but hopefully there'll be another one."

Extra Tidbit: Sure, X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE was a mess, as was Ratner's X-MEN 3. But I'm probably in the minority in that I don't think Singer's X-MEN movies hold up particularly well either. They certainly have their moments, but man, there is some seriously clunky stuff in each of them...
Source: Coming Soon

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9:12PM on 03/31/2011

Hope it gets made

It's always fun to see Jackman play Wolverine. I'll go see it no matter who directs it.

And I'm sure the Japanese will be able to use the economic activity filming this movie will bring.
It's always fun to see Jackman play Wolverine. I'll go see it no matter who directs it.

And I'm sure the Japanese will be able to use the economic activity filming this movie will bring.
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11:14PM on 03/30/2011
well this film is officially down the tube. If the studio is not waiting for aronofsky then its not going to be good. And as far as the x-men trilogy goes i think that is one trilogy that needs to be remade.
well this film is officially down the tube. If the studio is not waiting for aronofsky then its not going to be good. And as far as the x-men trilogy goes i think that is one trilogy that needs to be remade.
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5:35PM on 03/31/2011
you should really know the facts before you speak... cause you don't sound like the brightest mind here ;)
you should really know the facts before you speak... cause you don't sound like the brightest mind here ;)
10:06PM on 03/30/2011

Meh.

Honestly, I feel like the first three movies should have been titled "Wolverine and the X-Men" etc. He had too much screen time in the first 3, and his first solo adventure blew. As much as I love Hugh Jackman, I'm tired of the Wolverine craze. If they want to keep doing X-Men stuff, I'm fine with that. Focus on other characters. Let Wolverine sit on the back-burner for a few years, 'cause he's been done to death and poorly so.
Honestly, I feel like the first three movies should have been titled "Wolverine and the X-Men" etc. He had too much screen time in the first 3, and his first solo adventure blew. As much as I love Hugh Jackman, I'm tired of the Wolverine craze. If they want to keep doing X-Men stuff, I'm fine with that. Focus on other characters. Let Wolverine sit on the back-burner for a few years, 'cause he's been done to death and poorly so.
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8:15PM on 03/30/2011
Not all fans are "devastated" by Aronofsky bailing and certainly not all fans think Origins was a mess. They have THE perfect story to adapt (on location in Japan or not), a splendid Logan in Hugh Jackman, apparently a great script and a large budget. The Wolverine has a high percentage of being awesome with almost any intelligent director.
Not all fans are "devastated" by Aronofsky bailing and certainly not all fans think Origins was a mess. They have THE perfect story to adapt (on location in Japan or not), a splendid Logan in Hugh Jackman, apparently a great script and a large budget. The Wolverine has a high percentage of being awesome with almost any intelligent director.
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7:50PM on 03/30/2011

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You have to remember that when the first X-Men came out, there were no major comic book films getting made, unlike today where every other major blockbuster is a comic book film. Singer did great with the limitations he had. With a larger budget, you can really see the greatness in his sequel, X2, which remains by favorite non-Nolan directed superhero film.
You have to remember that when the first X-Men came out, there were no major comic book films getting made, unlike today where every other major blockbuster is a comic book film. Singer did great with the limitations he had. With a larger budget, you can really see the greatness in his sequel, X2, which remains by favorite non-Nolan directed superhero film.
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4:49PM on 03/30/2011

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I actually always thought the first X-Men film was kind of clunky, but it was fun enough. X2, in my opinion, has been the only truly fantastic and damn near flawless X-Men film so far.
I actually always thought the first X-Men film was kind of clunky, but it was fun enough. X2, in my opinion, has been the only truly fantastic and damn near flawless X-Men film so far.
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1:10PM on 03/30/2011

Extra tidbit

Singer's X-men films may not have aged well (I haven't seen them recently enough to have an opinion) but I would argue that the Spider-Man movies have aged even worse.
Singer's X-men films may not have aged well (I haven't seen them recently enough to have an opinion) but I would argue that the Spider-Man movies have aged even worse.
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11:48AM on 03/30/2011
X1 was a flawed foundation for what great comic book movies we have now. X2 is still a great movie. It made Wolverine into the new Han Solo for at least 1 movie. Overall, I think Wolverine is a better supporting character and that is why it's going to be very difficult to make a singular movie based solely upon him.
X1 was a flawed foundation for what great comic book movies we have now. X2 is still a great movie. It made Wolverine into the new Han Solo for at least 1 movie. Overall, I think Wolverine is a better supporting character and that is why it's going to be very difficult to make a singular movie based solely upon him.
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11:37AM on 03/30/2011
Tony Scott please....
Tony Scott please....
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8:57AM on 03/30/2011

Tidbit prediction

Two words: Halle Berry

Sigh.
Two words: Halle Berry

Sigh.
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8:14AM on 03/30/2011

Tidbit

I agree that none of the X-flicks have lived up to their potential. True, the Singer films did have some cool moments. Like Nightcrawler bustin' up in the White House, but the I thought that was the highlight of the movie. Even Wolverine would have to be rated R just to come close to what the fans want to see.
I agree that none of the X-flicks have lived up to their potential. True, the Singer films did have some cool moments. Like Nightcrawler bustin' up in the White House, but the I thought that was the highlight of the movie. Even Wolverine would have to be rated R just to come close to what the fans want to see.
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7:51AM on 03/30/2011

still depressed?

just a movie pal...nothing to slit your wrists over.
just a movie pal...nothing to slit your wrists over.
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3:59AM on 03/30/2011
Extra Tidbit: You are not the only one. I and some people I know also think the same. They are two good movies but they aged (already!?) a bit and it shows. X-Men could be rebooted and done in a much better way. But don't get me wrong, I am not saying Singer's X-Men are bad movies.
Extra Tidbit: You are not the only one. I and some people I know also think the same. They are two good movies but they aged (already!?) a bit and it shows. X-Men could be rebooted and done in a much better way. But don't get me wrong, I am not saying Singer's X-Men are bad movies.
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3:49AM on 03/30/2011
John Favreau!
John Favreau!
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3:51AM on 03/30/2011
^sucks at making action scenes. Good overall director though.
^sucks at making action scenes. Good overall director though.
1:11AM on 03/30/2011

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I agree completely.

Aronofsky probably finally realized that the people at FOX are fucking insane.
I agree completely.

Aronofsky probably finally realized that the people at FOX are fucking insane.
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3:52AM on 03/30/2011
^guess you're retarded because he has a GREAT relationship with Fox, and continues to.

Do you even know what movies they've made?
^guess you're retarded because he has a GREAT relationship with Fox, and continues to.

Do you even know what movies they've made?
4:01AM on 03/30/2011
Fox ARE insane. They have (in the last few years) very few movies that are actually good movies. They do have some good ones, but they most often than not fuck most of them up!
Fox ARE insane. They have (in the last few years) very few movies that are actually good movies. They do have some good ones, but they most often than not fuck most of them up!
12:02PM on 03/30/2011
Freakin' love your avatar. Boyd is the man!
Freakin' love your avatar. Boyd is the man!
1:07AM on 03/30/2011
See, I respect Aranosfky, but his style was always so eclectic that I didn't see how he could do a Wolverine film justice. They definately need someone who can do a character like Logan though. Too bad Snyder is on Superman, he could have done very nicely with this project.
See, I respect Aranosfky, but his style was always so eclectic that I didn't see how he could do a Wolverine film justice. They definately need someone who can do a character like Logan though. Too bad Snyder is on Superman, he could have done very nicely with this project.
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12:49AM on 03/30/2011
i think Marvel Studios should just handle their own comic-adapted films, they seem to know how to do it right.
i think Marvel Studios should just handle their own comic-adapted films, they seem to know how to do it right.
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12:30AM on 03/30/2011
It sucks that Aronofsky left the movie, but I still believe that Jackman will be able to get a director maybe not as great as Aronofsky, but as good. I still have Duncan Jones as my first pick to replace Aronofsky.

Singer did a great job on his "X-Men" movies. Sure, not perfect, but pretty damn good. And to be able to control all of those characters in the "X-Men" universe and give them justice is pretty damn incredible.
It sucks that Aronofsky left the movie, but I still believe that Jackman will be able to get a director maybe not as great as Aronofsky, but as good. I still have Duncan Jones as my first pick to replace Aronofsky.

Singer did a great job on his "X-Men" movies. Sure, not perfect, but pretty damn good. And to be able to control all of those characters in the "X-Men" universe and give them justice is pretty damn incredible.
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3:54AM on 03/30/2011
Holy fuck!

I never thought of that, but with the upward climb he's taking (depending on Source Code's success) Jones would be awesome!!!
Holy fuck!

I never thought of that, but with the upward climb he's taking (depending on Source Code's success) Jones would be awesome!!!
4:04AM on 03/30/2011
I have seen Source Code. Not that good at all... Not horrible, but not great either. A forgetable movie or a way to kill 2hrs.
I have seen Source Code. Not that good at all... Not horrible, but not great either. A forgetable movie or a way to kill 2hrs.
12:17AM on 03/30/2011
the x-men films were only good at the time because all other superhero movies were so shitty.
the x-men films were only good at the time because all other superhero movies were so shitty.
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12:17AM on 03/30/2011
Shit is doomed man!
Shit is doomed man!
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12:12AM on 03/30/2011

Still depressed

Aronofsky leaving still hurts...I can't believe a solution couldn't have been reached to keep DA aboard
Aronofsky leaving still hurts...I can't believe a solution couldn't have been reached to keep DA aboard
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3:55AM on 03/30/2011
What, like move his family to Japan? Seeing as his kids are probably in school then I assume you mean they should've came to a solution like... move Japan to the Aronofsky's?

Do you guys even know anything about the actual events that have taken place? Jeesh.
What, like move his family to Japan? Seeing as his kids are probably in school then I assume you mean they should've came to a solution like... move Japan to the Aronofsky's?

Do you guys even know anything about the actual events that have taken place? Jeesh.
12:22PM on 03/30/2011
They could have found a place closer to home that looks like Japan.
They could have found a place closer to home that looks like Japan.
3:15PM on 03/30/2011
I've said from the beginning that DA doing Wolverine would NEVER happen. I was happy to be proven wrong when he signed up for the gig, but it's really no shock that he dropped out. Let someone up and coming direct it.
I've said from the beginning that DA doing Wolverine would NEVER happen. I was happy to be proven wrong when he signed up for the gig, but it's really no shock that he dropped out. Let someone up and coming direct it.
4:08PM on 03/30/2011
And then people would get upset that it wasn't filmed in Japan and wasn't authentic, plus you kind of have to shoot it in Japan.

That's like shooting a movie about the 9/11 attacks in Stockholm.
And then people would get upset that it wasn't filmed in Japan and wasn't authentic, plus you kind of have to shoot it in Japan.

That's like shooting a movie about the 9/11 attacks in Stockholm.
12:09AM on 03/30/2011
Kinda shitty how Aronofsky instructed Hugh to bulk up, was talking up his plans for the movie, then punked out and dipped. It seemed like they were going to make an interesting, deeper Wolverine movie this time. Now it'll probably just be another run-of-the-mill milking like last time.
Kinda shitty how Aronofsky instructed Hugh to bulk up, was talking up his plans for the movie, then punked out and dipped. It seemed like they were going to make an interesting, deeper Wolverine movie this time. Now it'll probably just be another run-of-the-mill milking like last time.
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3:56AM on 03/30/2011
What's with you people?

So since he's left they're going to burn the script and ditch everything and start fresh in a more milk-friendly manner?

Riiiight. Keep tokin guys.
What's with you people?

So since he's left they're going to burn the script and ditch everything and start fresh in a more milk-friendly manner?

Riiiight. Keep tokin guys.
8:24AM on 03/30/2011
What do you MEAN, "you people"?
What do you MEAN, "you people"?
4:10PM on 03/30/2011
sorry, you peepol

but really how do you think it's going to be a milking if the reason Aronofsky was going to come on board in the first place was because of the script, which he didn't take with him - by the way.
sorry, you peepol

but really how do you think it's going to be a milking if the reason Aronofsky was going to come on board in the first place was because of the script, which he didn't take with him - by the way.
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