Simon Kinberg on where things stand with Hugh Jackman's final Wolverine film
It will be a strange day when Hugh Jackman is no longer the one strapping on Wolverine's claws, but thankfully we still have one final Wolverine film with Hugh Jackman to look forward to. We don't know much about what WOLVERINE 3 will be about, but we do know that Patrick Stewart's Professor X will play a part in the proceedings and that the film will explore their "father/son" relationship. Simon Kinberg spoke with Collider recently and gave an update on where things stand with Hugh Jackman's final Wolverine outing.
We’re pretty close to a script that everyone’s excited about, and I don’t know when the start date is, but we won’t start until it’s ready to shoot. What Hugh said to you is the attitude we all have—myself, Lauren Shuler Donner, the studio, [director] James Mangold, Hutch Parker—all of us, feel like this is six or seven or eight (depending on how you count) movies in the making, and there are few characters in the history of cinema who have cast as big a shadow as Wolverine, so to tell the final chapter of that story, it has to be the best, and it has to have a mythic quality to it. So we have to get it right, and I think we will, and my experience working with Jim Mangold, I’ve been extraordinarily impressed with him. He’s just a really great storyteller; he’s incredible with character. Really diligent, just a special talent. I have very high hopes for that movie.
Hugh Jackman has previously said that he wants to wait until the script is "perfect" before signing on to the film, but according to Kinberg, he's pretty excited by the potential of WOLVERINE 3. We don't know what storyline, if any, the team is adapting for WOLVERINE 3 and Simon Kinberg wasn't about to spill any details.
I can’t talk about what it is, but I will say that in its essence it’s something that Hugh has been excited about for a while, and something James Mangold is incredibly excited about, and the two of them together is a pretty neat thing to watch having made a movie together, and I thought they made a pretty good one. They just have a shorthand fluency and trust. It’s really nice to watch.
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