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Hugh Jackman says The Wolverine will be a completely different X-men film

08.13.2012

Speaking with Total Film, Hugh Jackman dished some solid info about their approach to the sequel to X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, a mostly lackluster entry save for Jackman's presence, saying that THE WOLVERINE will be vastly different and a "stand-alone" film.

"We've deliberately not called it Wolverine 2 because we want it to be placed and feel like a standalone picture. With an all-new cast and setting it in Japan, it's going to give us a whole new visual aesthetic," said Jackman, adding, "The approach to character means we won't be overloaded with mutants and teams and the like, so it'll be more character-based. I think in many ways it will feel like a completely different X-Men film."

The concern for making a film that was more about the character of Logan/Wolverine and not another franchise heavy/character-laden marketing ploy, Jackman set his sights on someone he felt could deliver a quality product.

"So we went to Christopher McQuarrie, who was involved in X-Men and The Usual Suspects. He's a brilliant writer and he came up with a concept that was just phenomenal. I rang Jeffrey and he went 'Great, now you have a good idea, just go for it.'"

Jackman's enthusiasm for the character is well known and it doesn't seem to be waning:

"I'm just really glad it's happening. For a while it's felt like a rocky ride. I think it's the best idea we've had, the strongest script we've had and that now we really have an opportunity to make something really great," said Jackman.

"I've been waiting for it so long now," he said. "I think half the material in my one-man show is about the wait for The Wolverine!"

I think Jackman has taken ownership of the character of Wolverine in an admirable and respectable way.  He's involved in every aspect, working hard to bring the clawed mutant to life onscreen with careful attention to fan expectations.  He also seems humble enough to recognize what didn't work with the first film and looks to be taking the steps to remedy that with the sequel.  Even if THE WOLVERINE happens to suck, which I highly doubt it will, you can at least count on Jackman to deliver a Wolverine-worthy performance.

THE WOLVERINE is slated to open on July 26, 2013.

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Extra Tidbit: Since everyone seems to be talking about a part 3 these days (Expendables, Hangover, etc.), let's hear what you'd like to see Wolvie do in a third entry.

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2:17PM on 08/14/2012

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As for a third movie I think it would be cool to go back and redo the Weapon X storyline properly. Bring back Liev as Sabretooth and add Maverick. Make it so the events of the first film are shown to be an implanted memory. So Wolvie and sabretooth have to work together to find out what really happen. Bring in Omega Red as the main threat and you got a badass movie on you're hands.
As for a third movie I think it would be cool to go back and redo the Weapon X storyline properly. Bring back Liev as Sabretooth and add Maverick. Make it so the events of the first film are shown to be an implanted memory. So Wolvie and sabretooth have to work together to find out what really happen. Bring in Omega Red as the main threat and you got a badass movie on you're hands.
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2:10PM on 08/14/2012

Got my trust......

.....for now. Words can't describe how excited I was when Aronofsky was directing this. My favorite director making a movie about my favorite superhero. Not to mention that Aronofsky got the best performance out of Hugh Jackman ever in The Fountain. That excitement soon evaporated once Darren left. However recently they've been gaining my trust again. First Class, while not perfect, was a damn entertaining film. Even with it's flaws it was leagues better than X3 and Origins. Now with this news
.....for now. Words can't describe how excited I was when Aronofsky was directing this. My favorite director making a movie about my favorite superhero. Not to mention that Aronofsky got the best performance out of Hugh Jackman ever in The Fountain. That excitement soon evaporated once Darren left. However recently they've been gaining my trust again. First Class, while not perfect, was a damn entertaining film. Even with it's flaws it was leagues better than X3 and Origins. Now with this news that there will be less mutants in The Wolverine i'm completely excited again. Maybe they are sticking close to what Aronofsky originally imagined for the film. Perhaps Fox was learned from it's mistakes. Maybe since they have First Class and it's sequel they don't feel the need to fill Wolverine up with random ass mutants like they did in the first.

On a side note I think they should use First Class 2 as a chance to bring back some of the original cast. Have Wolverine fill the Kitty Pryde role from days of the future pass. Have flashbacks (forwards?) to the future showing Patrick Stewart and Ian Mckellen. Could be a great chance to link all the films.
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12:04PM on 08/14/2012
id like to see another (present day) X-Men movie. possibly with Singer back, or maybe Arronofsky would do it as long as the travel wouldn't be an issue for him. the last stand cant possibly be the final entry for that franchise. I like first class and all but I wanna see another modern take
id like to see another (present day) X-Men movie. possibly with Singer back, or maybe Arronofsky would do it as long as the travel wouldn't be an issue for him. the last stand cant possibly be the final entry for that franchise. I like first class and all but I wanna see another modern take
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1:38AM on 08/14/2012

I dont know what to say...

about this franchise. On one hand some aspects of Origins was passable, and some were appalling. The Japan story arc was awesome, and if they respect the source material enough this will be awesome as well.
about this franchise. On one hand some aspects of Origins was passable, and some were appalling. The Japan story arc was awesome, and if they respect the source material enough this will be awesome as well.
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12:34AM on 08/14/2012

To FOX

Don't water it down for kids.
Don't water it down for kids.
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9:45PM on 08/13/2012
As long as Hugh Jackman IS Wolverine, I'll support Wolverine movie all the way.
As long as Hugh Jackman IS Wolverine, I'll support Wolverine movie all the way.
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7:15PM on 08/13/2012

Wolverine 3

There is absolutely NO reason to end the wolverine movies with a third one. There are thousands of stories to tell.
Personally I'd love to see dozens more Wolverine movies being made, just like Bond. He's that good of a character.
When Hugh's done, someone else can take over. I don't know why studio keep stoping or rebooting after 3 movies, when they have decades worth of stories in the comics to use.
There is absolutely NO reason to end the wolverine movies with a third one. There are thousands of stories to tell.
Personally I'd love to see dozens more Wolverine movies being made, just like Bond. He's that good of a character.
When Hugh's done, someone else can take over. I don't know why studio keep stoping or rebooting after 3 movies, when they have decades worth of stories in the comics to use.
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6:05PM on 08/13/2012
I'd say Wolverine: The End would be a good basis for the third part of this 'Wolverine trilogy', but why not make up their own ending to a Wolverine story? TDKR's epilogue worked quite well, and I'd love to watch more original plot ends from Hollywood.
I wouldn't recommend adapting Old Man Logan, but if they can tell the story without featuring crazy Hulk families and Venom T-Rexes (let's say The X-Men died along with their enemies after one final, devastating battle that only a man with
I'd say Wolverine: The End would be a good basis for the third part of this 'Wolverine trilogy', but why not make up their own ending to a Wolverine story? TDKR's epilogue worked quite well, and I'd love to watch more original plot ends from Hollywood.
I wouldn't recommend adapting Old Man Logan, but if they can tell the story without featuring crazy Hulk families and Venom T-Rexes (let's say The X-Men died along with their enemies after one final, devastating battle that only a man with regenerative powers can survive from instead of got killed by himself manipulated by the normally lame Mysterio) and craft a better story, then why not.
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5:11PM on 08/13/2012
After looking at that last pic now I want a RIDDICK vs WOLVERINE movie (set in UV Planet 6)

Of course it will not happen but one might hope, ah?
After looking at that last pic now I want a RIDDICK vs WOLVERINE movie (set in UV Planet 6)

Of course it will not happen but one might hope, ah?
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4:54PM on 08/13/2012

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is Wolverine character going to b like dark and depressing character like Batman,carrying the sadness due to the death of his lover? Putting a character in depression is a good way to get critical acclaim!! Way to go!
is Wolverine character going to b like dark and depressing character like Batman,carrying the sadness due to the death of his lover? Putting a character in depression is a good way to get critical acclaim!! Way to go!
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4:09PM on 08/13/2012

Part III

I hope this next Wolverine movies kicks ass...
As far as a third (and I fully admit/realize this will never happen) I would LOVE to see them make "Old Man Logan" as a stand alone hard 'R' rated movie...
I hope this next Wolverine movies kicks ass...
As far as a third (and I fully admit/realize this will never happen) I would LOVE to see them make "Old Man Logan" as a stand alone hard 'R' rated movie...
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3:56PM on 08/13/2012
For some reason I think this movie looks like its on the right track.
For some reason I think this movie looks like its on the right track.
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3:25PM on 08/13/2012
HULK vs. WOLVERINE
HULK vs. WOLVERINE
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3:17PM on 08/13/2012
To me, Hugh Jackman went from "who is this guy and why does he deserve to be Wolverine" to "this guy deserves better than this".

He hasn't that many good things since he played in the first X-Men and the last 2 films he played Wolverine sucked. He's super talented and I hope the next film will be worthy of him.
To me, Hugh Jackman went from "who is this guy and why does he deserve to be Wolverine" to "this guy deserves better than this".

He hasn't that many good things since he played in the first X-Men and the last 2 films he played Wolverine sucked. He's super talented and I hope the next film will be worthy of him.
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2:41PM on 08/13/2012

He still looks too lean

Aronofsky was right. He needs to sacrifice some cutness and add some beef. Yes Wolverine is shredded but he is hulking.
Aronofsky was right. He needs to sacrifice some cutness and add some beef. Yes Wolverine is shredded but he is hulking.
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1:52PM on 08/13/2012

Yes!!

This sounds like they know what they are doing. I am now filled with some confidence again!!
This sounds like they know what they are doing. I am now filled with some confidence again!!
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1:30PM on 08/13/2012
I'm reserving judgement until I actually see this movie in the theater. I like Hugh Jackman as Wolverine but that character was never one of my faves. I always dug the X-Men as a team and Wolverine always overshadows that aspect which is the most important.
Extra Tidbit: If they could somehow involve X-23 (Wolverine's daughter) in a non lame way I'd be for that. Summer Glau would be perfect.
I'm reserving judgement until I actually see this movie in the theater. I like Hugh Jackman as Wolverine but that character was never one of my faves. I always dug the X-Men as a team and Wolverine always overshadows that aspect which is the most important.
Extra Tidbit: If they could somehow involve X-23 (Wolverine's daughter) in a non lame way I'd be for that. Summer Glau would be perfect.
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2:22PM on 08/13/2012
Good call, Summer would be perfect for Laura.
Good call, Summer would be perfect for Laura.
5:35PM on 08/13/2012
She's his female clone, NOT his daughter !.
DAKEN is his son...
Well, ONE of his numerous offspring (most of which he was manipulated to kill, before learning they were his descendants) ...
YEAH, I know, Marvel really DO make things overly complicated with its (and even more THIS) characters...
She's his female clone, NOT his daughter !.
DAKEN is his son...
Well, ONE of his numerous offspring (most of which he was manipulated to kill, before learning they were his descendants) ...
YEAH, I know, Marvel really DO make things overly complicated with its (and even more THIS) characters...
1:12PM on 08/13/2012
Hell fucking yeah. No matter the quality of the X-MEN films, It was always good in a way that Hugh was in them. He's so devoted to Wolverine.
Hell fucking yeah. No matter the quality of the X-MEN films, It was always good in a way that Hugh was in them. He's so devoted to Wolverine.
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1:09PM on 08/13/2012
I think this might be the best installment out of all the Xmen movies. As for a 3rd flick, id like to see Schreiber back as Sabretooth without the millions of other mutants or delve into the Magneto line where Wolvie loses his adamantium. .
I think this might be the best installment out of all the Xmen movies. As for a 3rd flick, id like to see Schreiber back as Sabretooth without the millions of other mutants or delve into the Magneto line where Wolvie loses his adamantium. .
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